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.

HP Viewpoint: Age of turbulence: Charting the refining course toward a profitable future

Ozmen, S. M., Shell Global Solutions International BV

High-performing enterprises draw on external expertise during all project phases, from scouting and front-end engineering and development through to operations.

HP Impact: Natural gas vehicles could be gaining traction

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Natural gas vehicles could be gaining tractionA new report from PIRA Energy Group says that the sheer volume of US recoverable gas resources relative to expected demand suggests that benchmark Henry H..

Redefining reforming catalyst performance: High selectivity and stability

Le Goff, P.-Y., Lopez, J., Axens; Ross, J., Axens North America

Highly developed CCR catalysts are more robust to ensure extended service over 7–9 years.

Upgrade heavy oil more cost-efficiently

Cabrera, C. A., Silverman, M. A., Ivanhoe Energy

A new technology can economically upgrade and significantly improve the properties of heavy oil by reducing viscosity, increasing gravity and removing contaminants.

Increase FCC processing flexibility by improved catalyst recycling methods

Wolschlag, L. M., UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company; Lippmann, M., UOP LLC, a Honeywell Co.

The dynamic global refining market emphasizes the need for greater operating flexibility in the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit.

HP Construction Profile: Texas-based refinery has a long history

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Valero Port Arthur Refinery was commissioned in 1901 and has had many process additions and improvements throughout its history (see pg. 38). In 2001, nearly $850 million was invested in a delayed..

Chevron crude unit at fire-hit California refinery may be out six months

Investigators reportedly found serious damage in the cooling towers, pipe racks and heater tower. Some of the refinery’s secondary units are continuing to operate using feedstock stored at the site, but no decision has been made on whether Chevron will buy additional feed or shut the units during repairs.

HP Insight: How long is an economic cycle for the HPI?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As summer takes hold in the Northern Hemisphere, demand for energy in various forms increases. In looking back over the past 90 years, energy demand and pricing cycle through high and low points. In 2..

Catalyst developments: The past 90 years

Heinen, R., IHS Markit

While catalysis has made many advances in the last 90 years, the application of new technologies developed in other areas may offer great promise for future breakthroughs.