November 2012

Bonus Report: Refining Developments

Improve integration opportunities for aromatics units—Part 1

An aromatics complex is a combination of processing units that can be used to convert petroleum naphtha and pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) into the basic petrochemical intermediates: benzene, toluene and ..

Vaidyanathan, S., Zhou, J., Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; Kapur, S., Apex PetroConsultants

An aromatics complex is a combination of processing units that can be used to convert petroleum naphtha and pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) into the basic petrochemical intermediates: benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX). Accordingly, an aromatics complex has great versatility and can be configured in many different ways, depending on desired products, available feedstocks and investment capital.1 Integrated refining and petrochemicals facilities provide feedstock synergy and flexibility to quickly adapt to future market changes in both product quality specifications and product demand shifts. Such capabilities can maximize total profitability. Three case studies demonstrate how different configu

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