July 2014

Special Report: Refinery of the Future

How to make anything with a catalytic cracker

Various refined products can be produced via an FCCU only with changes in operating condition, different feedstocks and advanced/specialty catalyst choices.

Dean, C., High Olefins FCC Technology Services, LLC; Letzsch, W. S., Technip Stone & Webster Process Technologies

The first fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process was introduced almost 72 years ago; yet, this technology remains a principle conversion process in a modern refinery. Much has changed since the original FCC unit (FCCU) became operational. Properly operated, an FCCU can produce a variety of valuable refined products, including olefins and aromatics in addition to high-quality transportation fuel products. Various refined products can be produced via an FCCU only with changes in operating condition, different feedstocks and advanced/specialty catalyst choices. Maximizing individual products Numerous papers have been presented that focus on maximizing the various products produced by an FCCU.

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