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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