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Platinum Metals Rev., 1965, 9, (2), 46

Aromatics Production by Platinum Reforming

Large Scale Plant Designed for Billingham

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The largest aromatics plant of its kind in Europe, having a projected capacity of some 400,000 tons a year, is now in course of construction at the Billingham works of Imperial Chemical Industries Limited and will begin production in the latter part of this year.

Six process units licensed by Universal Oil Products Company comprise the new complex, two of them employing platinum catalysts. Light straight-run naphtha feed will be charged to a Unifining plant for desulphurisation and then to a Platforming unit for aromatics reforming. An alternative source of aromatics, cracked naphtha, will be hydrogen treated in a Platfining process unit, and the products from both streams will be fed to a Sulfolane unit for the extraction of high purity aromatics.

The use of these two routes will give flexibility in the production of aromatics -mainly benzene, toluene, xylenes and cyclo-hexane - on this large scale.

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