USA: Engineering KBR to Supply Solid Acid Alkylation Technology for Wynnewood’s Refinery
According to the contract, KBR is expected to provide basic engineering and design services for its K-SAAT technology. The firm will also have the opportunity to use the technology to revamp the existing hydrofluoric acid alkylation unit at the Wynnewood refinery.
Texas/USA – KBR has recently announced that it has entered into a contract with Wynnewood Refining Company for engineering and design services relating to KBR's Solid Acid Alkylation Technology (K-SAAT) for Wynnewood's refinery located in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide basic engineering and design services for its K-SAAT technology and the opportunity to utilise the technology to revamp the existing hydrofluoric acid alkylation unit at the Wynnewood refinery.
Since the first K-SAAT unit was commissioned, early this year in China, the technology has received significant interest from refiners globally. Global demand for motor fuels continues to rise while stricter environmental standards and oxygenate blend requirements for gasoline place a premium on clean burning fuels and blendstocks such as alkylate.
KBR's K-SAAT process is a highly adaptable technology that produces a more cost effective, higher quality alkylate than conventional liquid acid catalysts or other solid acid catalysts. The key to the technology is Ex Sact, a revolutionary solid acid catalyst engineered to overcome rapid deactivation limitations of solid-acid catalysts and provide superior alkylation performance. K-SAAT offers the capabilities to upgrade olefins ranging from ethylene to amylenes into higher value alkylate.