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UOP To Offer Albemarle Catalyst for ULSD Production
July 21, 2009

UOP LLC announced Tuesday that it will offer the Albemarle NEBULA hydrotreating catalyst for the production of high-quality, ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) as part of the Hydroprocessing Alliance, UOP's strategic alliance with Albemarle Corp.

NEBULA catalyst is an innovative material jointly discovered by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and co-developed with Albemarle that offers greater catalyst activity and can enhance diesel yield and quality. The Hydroprocessing Alliance will now offer the catalyst for reloads and revamps of hydroprocessing units.

"The NEBULA catalyst can be used as a drop-in for hydrocracker reloads to allow them to produce more ULSD without costly modifications to the unit," said UOP Alliance Director Jim Kennedy. "This is a distinct advantage as the demand for diesel continues to grow and environmental specifications get stricter. We are very pleased that through the Hydroprocessing Alliance, we can now make this important product available to our customers."

The NEBULA catalyst is a base-metal catalyst with higher activity than conventional hydrotreating catalysts. In addition to supporting production of ULSD without additional capital investment, NEBULA can enhance hydrotreating unit revamps to reach higher throughputs or achieve higher product quality standards. Additionally, NEBULA's high hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) and hydrodearomatization (HDA) activities can debottleneck hydrocrackers that have limited hydrotreating activity. It has been used in more than 40 applications since its introduction in 2001.

"NEBULA's proven operational flexibility and superior performance is a strong addition to the Alliance's portfolio of cost effective solutions required in today's market," said Marc Nicolas, Director of Albemarle's Alliance activities. "In just three years Alliance efforts have resulted in the licensing of 61 hydrotreating units. We look forward to our continued work with UOP to provide advanced products, technologies and consultative services that bring significant value and support to the long-term business objectives of our clients."

UOP and Albemarle formed the Hydroprocessing Alliance in 2006 to support the production of clean transportation fuels worldwide. The alliance combines the strengths of UOP, a leading developer of hydrotreating and hydrocracking process technology and hydrocracking catalysts, and Albemarle, a leading developer and supplier of innovative refinery hydrotreating catalysts and technologies, to provide the refining industry with a broad portfolio of process and catalyst offerings for middle distillate hydrotreating, vacuum gas oil hydrotreating, mild hydrocracking, hydrocracking, and fixed-bed residue hydrotreating.

UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc. and is part of Honeywell's Specialty Materials strategic business group.

Source: UOP LLC

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