Improved planning can optimize solutions to produce clean fuels
Refiners may consider using alliances with contractors to shorten design and construction time for environmentally driven projects
Due to worldwide environmental mandates, refiners
will be considering how to cost-effectively reconfigure their
operations and process "cleaner fuels." The primary focus of
these new regulations is the reduction of sulfur in gasoline
and diesel. Other rules mandate reduced levels of aromatics,
especially benzene, olefins and oxygenates. These changes
will be phased in. With some exceptions, clean-fuels projects
will be implemented only to meet impending government
regulations. Yet, refiners must strive to increase
profitability and achieve acceptable rates of return on
capital for these investments.
projects. The main drivers for refiners who need
to implement clean fuels projects are:
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