Linde to supply cracking furnaces


Linde has received an order from Ruhr Oel GmbH for the turnkey installation of five new cracking furnaces for an ethylene plant at the companys Gelsenkirchen-Scholven site in Germany.

The total order value is approximately €130m. Ruhr Oel GmbH is a joint venture between Deutsche BP AG and Petróleos de Venezuela S.A., the Venezuelan state oil company.

The order is particularly important to Linde because an innovative overall concept was used to clinch the deal, said Dr. Aldo Belloni, responsible for the business segment Gas and Engineering. We have proven our expertise both in terms of processes and with our exceptional assembly concept.

The new plants will replace 17 existing older-generation furnaces, which no longer comply with todays environmental requirements with regard to nitric oxide (NOx) and dust emissions as well as energy efficiency. The five new, identical, state-of-the-art furnaces, each boasting a capacity of approximately 100,000 tons of ethylene per year, have a broad processing spectrum: from heavy hydrocarbons to naphtha and gaseous feedstocks. Ethylene is a key source material for the plastics industry, in particular.

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