October 2012

Refining Developments

Maximize diesel production in an FCC-centered refinery, Part 2

Part two of this series focuses on the selection of FCC catalysts, methods for hydroprocessing light cycle oil (LCO) and the production of diesel fuel from FCC byproducts.

Part 1 of this article, published in September, presented several methodologies for maximizing the production of high-quality diesel in a refinery that relies on fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) as its principal means of heavy oil conversion. Part 2 focuses on the selection of FCC catalysts, methods for hydroprocessing light cycle oil (LCO) from the FCC unit, and the production of diesel fuel from FCC byproducts, among other topics. FCC catalyst selection Some catalyst recommendations apply to both high-severity and low-severity FCC operations. Low-hydrogen-transfer FCC catalyst is recommended for maximizing refinery diesel production, as this type of catalyst will generally produce a high

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