TONEN Corporation of Japan started up their first residue hydrocracker, based on HRI’s (now IFP North America, Inc.) H-Oil® Process in June 1997. This paper discusses the history of this project from technology selection to start up. The field construction for this 25,000 BPSD unit was completed in a record time of less than 13 months. A smooth start-up was attributed to TONEN’s excellent quality assurance programs and operating training.
Recent operation and performance of the unit will be discussed. The H-Oil® Unit is designed to upgrade and convert Middle Eastern vacuum residue to distillates while producing a good quality, low sulfur fuel oil product.