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ExxonMobil's FLEXICOKING Technology Selected by Hellenic Petroleum for Refinery Upgrade

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    Charles Randall

    Monday October 9, 10:00 am ET
    FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) and Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (HELPE) announced today that HELPE has selected EMRE’s FLEXICOKING(1) technology for converting vacuum residue to lighter products for a refinery upgrading project in Elefsis, Greece.
    This 20 kBPD unit will be based on proven FLEXICOKING(1) technology which incorporates numerous significant upgrades developed and commercially applied to existing FLEXICOKING(1) units.
    FLEXICOKING, first developed and commercially applied 30 years ago, integrates fluid bed coking and air gasification to eliminate petroleum coke production. It allows refiners to process vacuum resid, atmospheric resid, oil sands bitumen, heavy whole crudes, deasphalter bottoms, or thermal cracked tar to produce higher-value liquid and gas products. FLEXICOKING produces a clean low sulfur fuel gas which can be used economically in refinery furnaces and boilers, as well as by nearby consumers such as power plants, to minimize NOx and SOx emissions. It is particularly attractive in markets with limited coke demand combined with high-priced natural gas or fuel.
    EMRE is the research and engineering arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation, a leading global oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals company whose subsidiaries have operations in nearly 200 countries and territories. Additional information regarding ExxonMobil and technologies it licenses can be found at
    Hellenic Petroleum S.A. is the leading Greek Refining & Marketing Company, with three of the four refineries in Greece and 73% of the local oil products demand. It operates the first private CCGT power plant in Greece and has a 35% share in DEPA, the gas pipeline and supply company. It is involved in petroleum products marketing in Cyprus, Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Albania and Georgia. For more information go to
    Note to Editor: (1)FLEXICOKING is a trademark and proprietary process name of Exxon Mobil Corporation or its affiliates. Contact:   ExxonMobil    Prem Nair, 703-846-4467

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    Charles Randall

    <EU S/D Table Update Lucky Q: Does anybody know if this project to built a new flexicoker in Greece is still going? >
    Here is the update on another of new coker additions identified in my original Feb 2006 coker list.  A member requested the update on the Maintenance News subsection covering the Regional Shutdown & Future (project) planning schedules but I prefer to post it on Coker News section because it is tracking coker project status.
    The short answer is Yes the project is still on track and has not been placed on hold (so far Feb 2009).
    But there have been no articles with any significant new coker information since the Coker News posting on ExxonMobil being selected for EMREs coker Technology Oct 2006 (and previous selection Foster Wheeler to do FEED contract Mar 2006).
    However several news items by Platts Oilgram News (Feb2007) , OGJ newsletter (Jan 2009) & various newswires have repeated the above items with additional project milestones from various SEC postings 2007 & 2008 as well as Oil industry financial coverage of Hellenic Petrolem –  such as completion of FEED, purchasing equipment, filing & obtaining permits. I will outline key items below:
    Highlights on Elefsina Upgrade Project Status:
    -Hellenic awards Foster Wheeler FEED contract for Elefsina Upgrade Mar 06
    -Hellenic selects ExxonMobil EMREs Flexicoking Technology for Upgrade Oct 06
    -Hellenic Petroleum Board approves plans for Upgrade Feb 2007
    -Placed order for long-lead-time items (ie Hydrocracker reactors) Mar 2007
    -FEED study completed May 2007
    -Environmental impact, safety & fire protection permit applications submitted
    -EPC contract tender in process: final offers submitted with selection by EOY
    -Permits expected by EOY 2008
    -Hellenic Elefsina upgrade permits secured by Sep/3Q08
    Hope this helps. Regards

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