KBR and Shell Global Solutions International have announced expansion of their hydroprocessing technology alliance.

KBR will market, sell and provide technology and design packages for Shell Global Solutions’ deep-flash, high-vacuum unit distillation and thermal conversion technologies, as well as hydrocracking and hydrotreating.

Both the companies intend to improve their distillation performance to optimize assets, minimize expenditure and capital investment, and debottleneck operations.

Refinery operators are expected to deep cut vacuum distillation to maximize the recovery of distillate from residue. In addition, they are likely to use thermal conversion technologies to convert the bottom barrel to higher value products.

Shell Global Solutions’ Refining and Chemical Licensing vice president Süleyman Özmen said, "The expansion of our alliance illustrates our long-term commitment to providing high quality, innovative technology to the refining industry."