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Sulzer Chemtech sees demand surge for licensed technologies in North America

Sulzer Chemtech says a rapidly growing number of oil and gas processing facilities across North America are leveraging its licensed solutions.

An oil and gas refinery
An oil and gas refinery - Image © Tanakorn - Adobe Stock.

The range of licensed technologies, such as GT-LPGMax, GT-BTX and GT-BTX Plus, are designed to recover large volumes of valuable, high-purity refinery products.

As part of its most recent collaboration, Sulzer Chemtech is implementing an integrated setup on the US Gulf Coast that reduces emissions and energy usage while maximizing the ability to extract valuable refinery products.

Sulzer Chemtech is helping a US refinery debottleneck its saturated gas plant while improving the recovery of propane and isobutane and reducing the cost of consumables. The resulting products can either be used to improve the feed to the refinery’s alkylation unit, further reducing costs, or sold on the open market, enhancing current revenue streams.

To address these goals while reducing energy use and manufacturing footprint, the new process configuration combines Sulzer Chemtech’s GT-LPG Max technology for the extraction of high-purity liquified petroleum gas (LPG) with its divided wall column (DWC) design. These two solutions optimize the separation of multiple components, reducing the need for a series of fractionation columns.

Matthew Viergutz, Global Head of Clean Fuels and Chemical Licensing at Sulzer Chemtech, said: “We are delighted to witness this exponential growth in demand for our licensed technologies in North America. The interest in our solutions from regional industry players is a testament to Sulzer Chemtech’s ability to find creative ways to solve the challenges that refiners are facing.”