Reaction & Synthesis

De Nora Installation Addresses Japan’s Growing Demand For Oil

By Chemical Processing Staff

Feb 26, 2018

De Nora Permelec Ltd., De Nora’s subsidiary in Japan, is commissioned to double the processing capacity of Taiyo Oil in Shikoku, Japan, in an effort to meet the country’s growing demand for oil. As the sole authorized distributor for General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA‐EMS) in Asia Pacific, De Nora will deliver and install an eight‐module GA-EMS Gulftronic Electrostatic Separator System for Taiyo Oil Co Ltd’s Shikoku refinery via Chiyoda Corp., an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor in Japan. Scheduled for June, this project will expand the refinery’s existing Gulftronic system from eight to 16 modules, as part of its residual fluidized catalytic cracker expansion project. A dedicated De Nora team will ensure the engineering meets Japanese standards, as well as installing, testing and servicing the system. The system is expected to start operating in October 2018.

Residual fluidized catalytic cracking is a process used by refineries to convert slurry oil – a byproduct from the refining process – into more valuable products, such as fuel oil, carbon black, needle coke and electrode pitch, while reducing environmental waste. GA‐EMS' electrostatic process allows the Gulftronic separators to remove fine catalyst particles that typically cannot be filtered through conventional mechanical processes. This also reduces the chances of fouling, downstream contamination and blockages due to sedimentary build-up, according to the company.

With the installation, De Nora says it is helping Taiyo Oil to meet the industry’s growing demand for new technologies. Japan, as the world’s fourth‐largest oil user, recently urged its oil refineries to increase the amount of residual fuel oil processed in an effort to improve the competitiveness of its refining sector against regional refineries, according to De Nora.

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