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IRPC Rewind: The future of the Technology Licensor
23 June 2021

What is the future role of a process technology licensor? Recently, Lee Nichols sat down with Lummus Technology’s President and CEO, Leon de Bruyn, to answer this question. They discussed Lummus’ first year as a standalone company, recent changes in the market, the acceleration of the energy transition and digitalization, the outlook for technology licensors and a number of other important topics.

IRPC Rewind: Co-processing of bio-based feedstocks in the FCC
10 June 2021

Why co-process in the FCC? The flexibility of the FCC unit makes it a logical location in the refinery for co-processing the renewable feedstocks demanded by the transition to more sustainable energy production. Find out more about how Grace is supporting multiple refiners who are currently routinely co-processing greater than 10% renewable feedstock and the feedstock challenges solved by lab and pilot testing, catalyst system management, and extensive technical support.

Honeywell UniSim Design - Process Simulation Software Solution
24 March 2021

Honeywell UniSim Design is a process simulation and modeling platform that helps engineers create steady-state and dynamic models for plant design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, business planning, and asset management. Learn more:

Oil 2021
22 March 2021

World oil markets are rebalancing after the Covid-19 crisis spurred an unprecedented collapse in demand in 2020, but they may never return to “normal”. Oil 2021, the IEA’s latest medium-term outlook, explains why. Rapid changes in behaviour from the pandemic and a stronger drive by governments towards a low-carbon future have caused a dramatic downward shift in expectations for oil demand over the next six years. This is forcing hard decisions on oil-producing countries and companies, which are reluctant to leave resources untapped or to install new capacity that would only sit idle. Could oil demand peak sooner than expected? Or is the world heading into a supply crunch? What will the implications be for the refining industry and trade flows? Oil 2021 tackles these questions by analysing oil market data, trends in investment and technology, and government policies. The report provides a comprehensive outlook for global supply and demand to 2026 and explores the vast challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead.

Ionikylation: Safe and Sustainable Alkylation Technology – IRPC Americas Rewind
15 January 2021

Alkylate is a valuable, clean-burning, octane-boosting gasoline blending stock that is becoming increasingly important in the green economy. Unfortunately, traditional alkylation processes utilize corrosive and toxic catalysts such as hydrofluoric acid and sulfuric acid, and these chemicals pose serious safety and environmental concerns while significantly driving up the costs of safety and maintenance for refiners.

Well Resources’ safe and sustainable Ionikylation technology utilizes a non-corrosive composite ionic liquid catalyst to produce high yield, superior quality alkylate. All Ionikylation process equipment is manufactured using carbon steel and the system is operated at moderate operating conditions.  

Ionikylation was first commercially demonstrated in 2005. Since then, six commercial units ranging from 50,000 to 300,000 metric-tpy have been constructed, including the world’s first successful revamp from an existing hydrofluoric acid-based alkylation unit. Several new units have been have been licensed and are under construction.


The digital plant: Optimizing operations
22 December 2020
This interview with AVEVA examines the benefits of incorporating digital technologies into plant operations to optimize processes and workflows.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards 2020 (1)
1 October 2020

The Hydrocarbon Processing Awards honor the downstream energy segment’s leading innovations, as well as outstanding personal contributions to the industry.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards 2020