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An advanced extractive distillation process for aromatics recovery

Shin-Chuang Technology Co. Ltd.: Lee, F. M.  |  Shen, M. Z. Y.  |  Chen, C. Y.
Cartell Chemical: Chen, Y. H.
International Innotech Inc.: Hsu, K. C. R.

This article focuses on a novel extractive distillation (ED) process for recovering benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) aromatics from a full-boiling-range pyrolysis gasoline or reformate feedstock—a process that has been commercially demonstrated and is ready for licensing or a JV.

Editorial Comment: Juggling the increasing global demand for thermoplastics vs. reducing their environmental

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

If you were to review any forecast for global thermoplastics demand to 2050—high-density polyethylene (PE), low-density PE, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride and polyethylene terephthalate, among others—chances are that you will see a steady rise in consumption.

CF Industries-Lotte sign MoU for clean ammonia offtake in South Korea

CF Industries announced that it has entered into a MoU with LOTTE CHEMICAL that will guide the companies in a joint exploration of clean ammonia production and long-term clean ammonia offtake into South Korea.

Colorado refinery outage causing increased fuels pricing

The only petroleum refinery in Colorado shut down in late December after sustaining damage from extremely cold weather, which may tighten gasoline and diesel fuel supplies in the region.

Brazil to resume taxes on fuels

The Brazilian government is set to resume the collection of federal taxes on fuels this week, the Finance Ministry said on Monday.

Neste has introduced a new ReNew lubricant product family produced with renewable/re-refined base oils

Neste is introducing a new Neste ReNew™ lubricant product family in Finland, Sweden, the Baltic countries and Poland during the first quarter of 2023. The new lubricants are produced with renewable or re-refined base oils and high-quality additives.

U.S. crude oil inventories rose as utilization drops

U.S. crude oil inventories rose for the ninth week in a row, surging to their most since May 2021, as refiners ran less oil during a strong maintenance season.

Kuwait to ramp up refined products exports from the 615,000-bpd Al Zour refinery

Kuwait is set to ramp up refined oil product exports from its new Al Zour refinery in the second half of 2023 to plug Russian shortfalls in Europe and meet growing demand in Asia and Africa.

ExxonMobil is planning to startup new CDU at its Beaumont refinery

ExxonMobil is planning to start the new crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 369,024-bpd Beaumont, Texas (U.S.), refinery this weekend.

Topsoe's ammonia technology selected for CIP's U.S. blue ammonia project

Topsoe’s ammonia technology has been selected for use at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners' blue ammonia project along the U.S. Gulf Coast.