Saudi Aramco, CB&I and Chevron Lummus Global partner to demo and commercialize Thermal Crude to Chemicals technology
Saudi Aramco, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Saudi Aramco Technologies, signed a three-party Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with CB&I, a US-based provider of technology and infrastructure for the energy industry, and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), a joint venture between CB&I and Chevron USA Inc., and a leading process technology licensor. The JDA will serve to scale up and commercialize Saudi Aramco’s Thermal Crude to Chemicals (TC2C) technology.
Specifically, CB&I’s ethylene cracker technology and CLG’s hydroprocessing technologies will be combined with Saudi Aramco’s proprietary TC2C technology. TC2C technology has been pioneered at Saudi Aramco’s Research & Development Center over the past few years in order to enable higher chemicals yield than previously achievable. This innovation also bypasses conventional refining steps by employing a proprietary direct conversion process.
This proprietary technology represents significant innovative progress and complements Saudi Aramco’s crude-to-chemicals conventional projects.