Egypt's Alexandria National Refining & Petrochemicals (ANRPC) has selected Honeywell UOP's technologies and equipment for the expansion a gasoline production facility.

As part of the deal, OUP will install second catalytic reforming (CCR) Platforming process unit, including a modular CCR section, at the refinery located in Alexandria.

The equipment is being installed as part of company’s $300m expansion to meet rising high-octane gasoline demand in the country.

ANRPC chairman Ahmed Abo El Rooh said: "This expansion is critical as it will significantly reduce the amount of high-octane gasoline imported by Egypt.

"We selected a second continuous catalytic reforming unit from Honeywell UOP, which will be delivered in modular form, to help ensure reliable operations and the shortest possible project schedule."

The first UOP CCR unit was installed at the site in 2001.

Designed to suite of modular refining equipment for a wide range of applications, the UOP modular equipment can reduce installation time, thus resulting in earlier start up and further improves project economics, Honeywell said.

Honeywell UOP Process Technology and Equipment business vice-president and general manager Mike Millard said: "A second CCR Platforming process unit will help Egypt meet its own growing demand for fuel and provide cleaner-burning, high-octane fuels to address air quality issues in large cities such as Cairo.

"Since commercializing the technology, UOP has brought more than 250 CCR Platforming units on stream worldwide, with a combined capacity of more than 6 million barrels per day."

ANRPC is engaged in managing and operating refining, manufacturing and petrochemical plants to produce high-octane gasoline, LPG, propane, hydrogen, heavy naphtha and light reformate, among others.