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Largest hydrocracker in China

07.01.2012  |  Romanow, Stephany,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Refiners are leveraging hydrocracking to respond to momentum in global dieselization, with crude prices forcing refiners to process distressed crudes and difficult feedstock.

Keywords: [Refining] [hydrocracker] [hydrocracking] [diesel] [catalyst] [environment] [high-acid crude oil] [corrosion] [China]

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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