September 2011

Special Report: Refining Developments

Achieve success in gasoline hydrotreating

Case history describes how to achieve superior performance during FCC gasoline hydrotreating

Sanghavi, K., Alon USA; Schmidt, J., Axens North America, Inc.

Superior FCC gasoline hydrotreating performance is achievable by selecting the optimal process scheme to minimize octane loss. Enlisting help from a refinery process consultant (PC) and technology licensor and collaborating early in the design stage, further ensures the success in determining the better design for the facility. Consequently, maintaining cost-effective solutions for a staged project investment and operating the world’s shortest FCC main fractionator subjected Alon Big Spring Refinery (BSR) with difficult project challenges. The roadmap used for a two-phase project and the lessons learned during Phase I (Interim Case) contributed to the successful implementation of Phas

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