November 2012

Bonus Report: Refining Developments

Consider new technologies to raise diesel yield in bottom-of-barrel products

The debate continues over adding a new delayed coker vs. a residue hydrocracker upstream of an existing delayed coker.

As crude oil and product prices continue to climb, there are economic incentives for refineries to increase the total distillate yield with increased selectivity toward diesel fuel. The debate continues over the pros and cons of simply adding a new delayed coker vs. a residue hydrocracker upstream of an existing delayed coker to improve overall liquid yield. The following commercial examples will explore both sides on how to find more distillates from every barrel of oil processed. BACKGROUND The US has the greatest concentration of delayed cokers in the world. Of the 130 refineries processing 17.8 million bpd (MMbpd) of crude oil, 60 of these refineries use delayed coking (DC) to destro

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