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Bottomless refinery: Improve refinery economics

09.01.2010  |  McKenna, P. ,  GE Energy, Houston, TexasSheikh, F. ,  GE Energy, Houston, Texas

Integrating gasification process with residue upgrading can produce high-value multiproduct streams while decreasing total refinery emissions

Keywords: [refining] [gasification] [syngas] [residuals] [hydrogen] [heat transfer]

Today’s global refining environment is very competitive, facing low margins and increasingly more stringent environmental standards. Residual fuel oil surpluses are emerging in places where there is a rising demand for transportation fuels and a lack of deep processing of the oil barrel. In addition, low-cost natural gas is increasingly displacing fuel oil for power generation. The recent MARPOL emissions regulations on bunker fuel will further deteriorate the supply-demand balance over residual fuel oil with negative implications for refining margins, particularly for hydroskimming configurations.

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