UOP LLC (UOP), a Honeywell company, and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) have finalized a technology licensing agreement with a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft designed to enable Gazprom to improve its production of refined distillates at its subsidiary, the Moscow Oil Refinery Plant.

Under terms of the agreement, the refiner will combine UOP Distillate Unionfining hydroprocessing solutions with EMRE’s distillate de-waxing technology to produce low-sulfur diesel.

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The Moscow Oil Refinery Plant will install a hydroprocessing unit using UOP and EMRE technology as part of the plant’s modernization program. The project will integrate UOP Distillate Unionfining technology with EMRE’s MIDW processes for de-waxing diesel feedstocks.

Pete Piotrowski, vice president and general manager of Process Technology and Equipment for UOP said, “The combined UOP and EMRE technology platform offers the Moscow Oil Refinery a single, integrated solution for its hydroprocessing and fuel de-waxing needs.”

The addition of the hydrotreating unit is expected to allow the refinery to produce fuel to meet more stringent Euro V emissions standards for motor vehicles. This agreement marks the first project in Russia to be launched under the joint EMRE-UOP alliance formed in 2012.