ALGERIA: Sonatrach nearing paraxylene start up at Skikda

At that time, the company said the project would include 700,000 t/y of isomerate, 220,000 t/y of paraxylene and 200,000 t/y of benzene capacity.

The new paraxylene unit will utilize GTC's CrystPX technology to recover paraxylene from reformate feedstock, and GT-IsomPX technology, a process that uses an Isoxyl catalyst from Clariant, to isomerize the C8 aromatics into additional paraxylene.

GTC's license also includes naphtha hydrotreating and reforming, aromatics extraction, and other aromatics operations. Samsung Engineering provided engineering, procurement and construction services for the new facilities.

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 16 Dec 2013(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)