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Propane Dehydrogenation Technology: KBR's New Endeavour

By Energy CIO Insights | Friday, December 21, 2018

KBR, a leading global provider, offers differentiated professional services and technologies in the government services and hydrocarbon sectors throughout the asset and program life cycle. With its clientele spread across 75 countries and operations in 40 countries, KBR employs around 34,000 people worldwide (including joint ventures) across three synergistic global companies. Hydrocarbons Services such as LNG/GTL, oil refining, petrochemicals, chemicals, fertilizers, differentiated EPC, floating solutions (FPU, FPSO, FLNG & FSRU), program management, and consulting services come under the product line of KBR. Government services, serve government clients around the world, such as capabilities covering the entire life cycle of R&D, space, aviation, and other government programs and missions through systems engineering, testing and evaluation, program management, operations, maintenance, and field logistics. The technology is focused on hydrocarbon monetization in ethylene and petrochemicals, especially natural gas and natural gas liquids, ammonia, nitric acid and fertilizers, oil refining, and gasification.

KBR has recently developed a new technology solution for propane dehydrogenation (PDH) called K-PRO™ with high propylene selectivity and conversion. This technology is based on the KBR catalytic olefins or K-COT™ technology, which is a commercially demonstrated fluidized bed technology to convert low-value olefin, paraffin or mixed streams into high-value propylene and ethylene.

K-PRO™ offers substantial capital costs and operating cost benefits compared to conventional designs. This is due to the fluidized bed design that provides reliable operation and high on-stream factors compared to fixed or moving bed reactors. This technology combines KBR’s K-COT™ technology’s know-how and experience with a new high-selectivity, low-cost dehydrogenation catalyst that requires no precious metals. Plants based on this new technology are intended as propylene units independent of a steam cracker or FCC unit. KBR’s K-COT is exceptionally efficient in terms of broadcast and products, and its versatility can improve the economic performance of steam crackers in a myriad of ways. KBR’s SCORE™ is a versatile, high yield and low CAPEX steam cracking technology that can be designed for ethane to heavy gas oils.

KBR now gains more importance in the market due to its cutting-edge technologies, value-added services, integrated EPC delivery, and long-term operations; its maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results have given a fresh and new outlook for the organization to compete in the market.

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