Octane

Improve benzene control

McDermott, L., Applied Instrument Technologies, Inc.; Malik, A., Phillips 66

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Mobile Source Toxics (MSAT) Rule on February 26, 2007 (40 CFR Parts 59, 80, 85 and 86). This rule required refiners to reduce the average benzen..

HP Viewpoint: Refiners have a new learning curve with shale oil

Marfone, P. A., Baker Hughes

We’ve all heard the news reports: “Shale resource developments have the potential to make the US energy independent for the first time since 1952.” The long-term impact of shale resourc..

HP Brief: Brief

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Galveston Bay refineryMarathon Petroleum has closed its transaction with BP to purchase several assets, including the 451,000-bpd refinery located in Texas City, Texas. The refinery will be renamed an..

HP Industry Perspectives: EU leans forward on clean-fuel strategies

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late January 2013, the European Commission (EC) announced ambitious measures to ensure the buildup and standardization of alternative fueling stations across Europe. Much of the earlier EC policy i..

Catalyst news

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

New step-out catalyst for ULSD and hydrocracker pretreatHaldor Topsøe has announced an improved catalyst preparation technology. In hydrocracking pretreatment and high-pressure ULSD services, the..

New residue-upgrading complex achieves Euro 5 specifications

de Haan, D., Criterion Catalysts and Technologies; Street, M., Shell Global Solutions International BV; Orzeszko, G., Grupa LOTOS Gdańsk refinery

In late 2010, Grupa LOTOS SA completed construction of a major residue-upgrading project at its refinery in Gdańsk, Poland. Its 10+ Program was designed to unlock a step change in the facility’s long-term profitability. After two years of operating, this project has had a profound effect on the refinery’s economics.

Select new production strategies for FCC light cycle oil

Selective adjustments to FCC operating variables and catalyst quality can significantly increase LCO production, which refiners can then upgrade into diesel blendstock.

Use an innovative cracking catalyst to upgrade residue feedstock

Tamoil’s Collombey refinery worked very close with a new catalyst supplier to remove the main operating constraint and significantly improve the unit profitability. Several project goals were set and attained.

Consider advanced technology to remove benzene from gasoline blending pool

Thom, T., Calumet Superior LLC; Birkhoff, R., Moy, E., Badger Licensing LLC; El-Malki, E-M, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.

As more regions increasingly adopt clean-fuel regulations, the challenge for refiners is to meet these tightening gasoline specifications for benzene cost-effectively without significant octane loss.

Venice’s biorefinery: How refining overcapacity can become an opportunity with an innovative idea

Amoroso, A., Rispoli, G., Prati, C., eni S.p.A. Refining and Marketing Division

Eni invested in an innovative project involving the conversion of the existing refining scheme of its Venice refinery into a “green cycle” to process very high-quality biofuels starting from biological feedstocks.