Largest hydrocracker in China
Refiners are leveraging hydrocracking to respond to momentum in global dieselization, with crude prices forcing refiners to process distressed crudes and difficult feedstock.
Hydrocracking is not a new process.
The first hydrocracker was constructed at the Leuna, Germany,
industrial complex to convert lignite coal into liquid fuels.
Hydrocracking evolved as a method to convert the bottom
of the barrel into lighter, higher-value products than
that achieved through delayed coking operations. These
operations often focus on the deeper conversion of vacuum
gasoil and heavy-coker gasoil. As refinery feedstocks become higher in sulfur
content and lower in API, refiners are seeking process changes
to facilitate production of middle distillates.
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