Lummus to supply heaters for Saudi Arabia’s largest petrochemical complex

Lummus Technology, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven energy solutions, announced on February 22, 2024, that it has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. to provide eight proprietary Short Residence Time (SRT®) ethylene cracking heaters for the Amiral petrochemical complex in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Amiral complex, located in Jubail Industrial City, is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and TotalEnergies, and is expected to be the largest integrated refinery and petrochemical complex in the world when completed in 2025 The complex will produce 2.7 million tons per year of ethylene, 1.4 million tons per year of propylene, and 700,000 tons per year of benzene, as well as other petrochemical derivatives.

Lummus’ SRT® heaters are designed to achieve high thermal efficiency, low emissions, and long run lengths for ethylene production. Lummus has supplied more than 250 SRT® heaters worldwide, with a combined ethylene production capacity of over 200 million tons per year.

“Licensing multiple technologies and supplying the cracking heaters for the Amiral project underscores Lummus’ ability to integrate technology, proprietary equipment and lifecycle services during customers’ capital investment and operation cycles,” said Rutger Theunissen, Chief Business Officer of Services and Supplies, Lummus Technology. “Our heaters deliver high reliability, long run lengths and high on-stream factors. These factors — combined with Lummus’ best-in-class technologies — will enhance and optimize SATORP’s operations well into the future.”

Lummus has a long-standing relationship with SATORP, the operator of the Amiral complex, and has licensed multiple technologies for the project, including its ethylene, refinery off-gas recovery and treating, pygas hydrotreating, methyl tertiary butyl ether, isobutylene, butene and butadiene extraction technologies


Feature Benefit
Largest integrated refinery and petrochemical complex in the world Diversifies Saudi Arabia’s economy and enhances its petrochemical competitiveness
Lummus’ SRT® heaters Maximizes ethylene yield and minimizes energy consumption and emissions
Lummus’ multiple technologies Provides a complete solution for the production of various petrochemical products
Lummus’ lifecycle services Supports the operation and maintenance of the complex for optimal performance and profitability

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