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Mhatre, S.

Reliance Industries Ltd., Mumbai, India

Sachin Mhatre is the Group Lead at RIL’s Center of Excellence for Aromatics and LAB. He holds a BTech degree in technology in chemical engineering from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University in India. He has more than 15 yr of experience in operations and technology. His current role is to provide high-end technology support to process units and capital projects.

A new liquid-phase isomerization process for xylene loop debottleneck and energy savings

Reliance Industries Ltd.: Mhatre, S.  |  Warke, V.
ExxonMobil Chemical Co.: Choi, A.  |  Molinier, M.  |  Saple, A.

In a typical xylene loop, C<sub>8</sub> aromatics are fractionated out of a heavy reformate C<sub>8</sub>+ aromatics stream and collected in the xylene column overhead. Then, paraxylene (PX) from the C<sub>8</sub> aromatics stream is recovered as product—usually by an adsorption or crystallization process—in the PX recovery section.

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