February 2017

Trends and Resources

Industry Perspectives: Global desulfurization capacity to skyrocket over the long term

According to OPEC’s World Oil Outlook 2016, desulfurization capacity additions represent the largest capacity increases among all process units to 2040. This trend is due to increased regulations on the amount of sulfur allowed in transportation fuels.

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

According to OPEC’s World Oil Outlook 2016, desulfurization capacity additions represent the largest capacity increases among all process units to 2040. This trend is due to increased regulations on the amount of sulfur allowed in transportation fuels. According to the report, nearly 4 MMbpd of new desulfurization capacity is expected to begin operations by 2021. However, an additional 13.7 MMbpd of desulfurization capacity is projected to be needed by 2030, with a requirement for an additional 5.6 MMbpd between 2030 and 2040 (FIG. 1). Fig. 1. Desulfurization capacity requirements by product and region, 2016–2040. Source: OPEC World Oil Outlook 2016.

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