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GS Caltex awards contract for ethylene mixed feed cracker project to KBR

GS Caltex awards contract for ethylene mixed feed cracker project to KBR
Photo courtesy of GS Caltex.

GS Caltex Corporation has awarded the contract for a grassroots ethylene mixed feed cracker (MFC) project to KBR, Inc. GS Caltex is a company owned by South Korea’s GS Energy and U.S.-based Chevron Corp.

The new plant will use naphtha, liquefied petroleum gas and refinery off-gases as its main feedstocks. It will be constructed in the South Korean southern city of Yeosu where GS Caltex’s 790,000 barrel-per-day refinery is located.

Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide its innovative Selective Cracking Optimum Recovery (SCORE™) technology license and basic engineering design services for a 700 KTA ethylene mixed feed cracker.

“We are honored to be selected as the licensor for GS Caltex’s first ethylene plant,” said John Derbyshire, KBR president, Technology. “SCORE™ technology is highly flexible and enables producers to maximize profitability through superior yield, energy, and operational performance.”

KBR has been a leader in olefin plant design, construction and technology development for more than 50 years. Since 1990, more than 20 new ethylene plants with a combined capacity of 13 million metric tons per year have been brought on-stream using KBR’s cracking technologies and flexible plant designs to produce ethylene, propylene and other byproducts from a variety of feedstocks.

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