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KBR to provide ethylene furnace for INEOS Olefins

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Houston, Texas – INEOS has engaged KBR to design and construct an ethylene furnace for one of its its US operations. Upon commissioning the unit is expected to provide the highest achievable ethylene yields in the industry.

The order has come in from INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA, which produces olefins, high-density polyethylene and polypropylene at production facilities in Alvin, Texas; La Porte, Texas; and Carson, California.

The furnace design will add 465 million pounds per year of furnace production capacity to the INEOS Chocolate Bayou works olefins complex in Alvin, Texas.

The executed agreements with INEOS include provision of a technology license, engineering, procurement, supply of equipment and materials, and construction of the furnace.

This furnace will use KBR’s ‘selective cracking and optimum recovery’ ethylene technology and process NGL feedstocks. It will also include KBR’s latest generation ultra low NOx burner technology and a selective catalytic reduction bed to reduce emissions of nitrous oxides.

“The new agreements with INEOS build on the valuable partnership between KBR Downstream and Technology to provide fully integrated EPC solutions to our Olefins customers,” said Roy Oelking, group president, KBR Hydrocarbons.

KBR completed a ‘distinctive compliance’ project at INEOS Olefins plant no. 1 at Chocolate Bayou, increasing ethylene production at the complex to its present capacity and further allowed it to achieve reduced NOx emissions as part of an overall plan to meet regulatory compliance standards.

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