General Atomics Gulftronic Electrostatic Separators Selected for Japan’s Taiyo Oil Co. Ltd. Refinery
New System Will Add Capacity to Meet Market Demand
SAN DIEGO, CA, 18 MAY 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has received an order from De Nora Permelec Ltd., via the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor CHIYODA Corp., for an eight (8) module Gulftronic™ Electrostatic Separator System to be installed at Taiyo Oil Co. Ltd.’s Shikoku refinery in Japan. This new system will expand the refinery’s existing Gulftronic system from eight to sixteen (16) modules as part of their Residual Fluidized Catalytic Crackers (RFCC) MAB Renovation project to meet Japan’s increasing domestic demand for fuels and chemicals.
“We are extremely proud to provide Taiyo Oil Co. with additional Gulftronic modules to help them increase capacity and throughput to meet market demand,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “Gulftronic’s pre-assembled, skid-mount design allows refineries to install and expand systems to increase capacity and throughput without additional on-site construction. Gulftronic systems not only help refineries maximize yields from slurry oil and improve per-barrel returns from FCC/RFCC and hydrocracking, their modular design also helps significantly reduce installation costs for both new and expansion projects.”
Through a unique electrostatic process, Gulftronic separators capture and remove solids and catalyst fines from the process stream to provide higher‑value oil products with a clarity below 100 parts per million. Gulftronic separators are also impervious to fouling or blockage, resulting in less downstream contamination and significantly reduced maintenance requirements. Traditional mechanical filtration systems allow fine particles to escape capture, causing blockages, buildup in filters, contamination, and increased maintenance and downtime costs.
“We’ve been working with De Nora, who has been servicing 14 units for over 30 years in the Japanese market,” continued Forney. “Increasingly, we’re seeing refineries turn to our Gulftronic electrostatic separation process for RFCC projects. Refineries are finding that the Gulftronic filtration method increases yield, resulting in high‑value clarified oil products to maximize revenue potential.”
About General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Group is a global leader in the research, design, and manufacture of first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ history of research, development and technology innovation has led to an expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions supporting aviation, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and processing and monitoring applications for critical defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.
About De Nora
With 2016 turnover of € 431 million, De Nora is an Italian multinational leader in sustainable technologies that offers energy saving products and water treatment solutions. Globally, De Nora is the largest provider of insoluble electrodes for electrochemical processes (Chlorine & Caustic, Electronics & Surface Finishing, Pools Electro-chlorination, Cathodic protection, Energy storage & fuel cells) and is among the leaders in technologies and processes for filtration and disinfection of water (drinking water, industrial and municipal water treatment, ballast water & marine wastewater). The company has grown internally through continuous innovation and externally with major acquisitions in USA, Japan, England, and Italy. It is present in 12 countries worldwide with 23 offices, 12 manufacturing facilities and R&D centers in Italy, USA, and Japan. The group currently owns 355 patent families with more than 2,700 territorial extensions.
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