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BOC, Belco to combine emissions control offerings to oil refiners

BOC Gases : 14 March, 2002  (Company News)
BOC has agreed to license its LoTOx nitrogen oxide control system to Belco Technologies Corp. under a joint marketing agreement designed to reduce smog-forming emissions from the main gasoline production units at oil refineries.
By combining the LoTOx NOx control with Belco’s EDV Wet Scrubbing system, refiners can control particulates, NOx and sulfur dioxide from their fluid catalytic crackers all in one easy step.

Bob Ferrell, vice president, LoTOx business development, BOC, said, 'This alliance is good news for petroleum refiners concerned about achieving maximum control of their flue gas emissions. Belco’s EDV Wet Scrubbing system is the leading SO2 and particulate emissions control technology for FCC units. The LoTOx system is a simple, reliable, effective, low-cost addition for NOx control. Together, the LoTOx and EDV systems represent the best combination of emissions control technologies available for the critical FCC applications.'

Kevin Gilman, president, Belco, said, 'This agreement will strengthen Belco’s position in the fast growing NOx removal market. Our well-established reputation and presence in the petroleum industry wet scrubber market will prove to be very instrumental to the joint effort to promote LoTOx and EDV technologies.'

LoTOx is a patented end-of-pipe treatment system that uses ozone to selectively oxidize insoluble NOx to highly soluble species. The nitrogen oxides are then easily removed in the Belco EDV scrubber, resulting in greater than 90 percent NOx removal from flue gases. Emissions control is achieved independently of the FCC process, allowing greater operating flexibility and performance.

The LoTOx technology is the recipient of the 2001 Chemical Engineering Magazine’s Kirkpatrick award, granted every two years to honor outstanding chemical engineering technology that has been successfully developed and commercialized through group effort.

According to Ferrell, BOC maintains a mobile 250 cubic foot-per-minute demonstration unit to confirm and optimize performance prior to installation. The mobile unit gives customers the opportunity to verify that the LoTOx system will achieve the desired results in their refinery before any permanent installation work is undertaken.

The LoTOx system, which has a small footprint and can be easily installed as a stand-alone or retrofit design, is also available on a monthly fee supply arrangement . 'Our objective,' Ferrell said, 'is to provide the petroleum refining industry with the best available NOx emissions control at the best available commercial terms.

'The LoTOx technology is a good example of how BOC draws upon its own technical resources and those of its strategic partners to find the best available technology to provide solutions to customers’ environmental problems,' Ferrell said.
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