Reportedly, Chevron Corporation (CVX) and Honeywell have announced the commissioning and start-up of the world’s first commercial-scale ISOALKY process unit that uses ionic liquids to produce alkylate. The ISOALKY technology marks a major innovation in alkylation technology and offers wider and improved feed flexibility relative to conventional alkylation technologies. It produces high-quality alkylate used to increase octane in motor fuels.
The ISOALKY™ technology, first used in Chevron’s Salt Lake City refinery is designed to meet the refining industry’s needs as a cost-effective alternative to conventional liquid acid systems that offer process safety advantages. Established by Chevron U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron, and licensed to Honeywell UOP, the technology is available to the entire industry under the ISOALKY™ brand name.
Bryan Glover, president, and CEO of Honeywell UOP, stated ,”ISOALKY is a groundbreaking new technology for refiners, and a lower-risk and economical solution compared to conventional liquid acid technologies that produce alkylate. Ionic liquids have strong acid properties that enable them to produce alkylate without the volatility of conventional acids, allowing for simpler handling procedures. Together with Chevron, Honeywell UOP has commercialized a solution that meets the rising global demand for cleaner-burning fuels at a lower cost while simplifying complex handling requirements.”
ISOALKY™ technology can be used in new refineries as well as in existing facilities undergoing capital expansion or adapting retrofit applications.
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