Frames to supply 2 desalters to MOL Duna Refinery

27 March 2019

Frames have been awarded a contract to supply two desalters (electrostatic coalescers) to leading Hungarian oil and gas company MOL Group for the Duna Refinery at Százhalombatta near Budapest. The Frames Desalters will enable MOL to process a broader range of crude oils more cost-effectively.

MOL Group is developing a new crude desalting system at the Duna (Danube) refinery. It is part of the company group’s program of crude basket diversification, moving from the current alternative seaborne crude intake to above 33% and aiming for 50+ crude grades. Following a 'desalter optimization study' focused on identifying the shortcomings of the existing desalters, and the changes required by the refinery to handle more complex and challenging blends, MOL opted to install a new Frames two-stage Desalter system to broaden its crude diet.

Frames’ proprietary Desalters are 2-phase separators that utilize an electrostatic field to remove water and salts from crude oil, allowing cost-effective transport and protecting downstream processes from unwanted corrosion and fouling. The new desalters will be installed in the Duna refinery’s crude oil distillation unit.