September 2017

Special Focus: Refining Technology Developments

HF alkylation conversion is finally within reach—Part 1

Because of its clean-fuel properties (paraffinic, high octane, low vapor pressure and very low sulfur), alkylate is considered one of the most desired components in the gasoline pool.

Because of its clean-fuel properties (paraffinic, high octane, low vapor pressure and very low sulfur), alkylate is considered one of the most desired components in the gasoline pool. As mandates for cleaner-burning fuel in the US and abroad have started to become fully realized, refiners are relying more than ever on alkylate to meet stringent gasoline specifications. With increasing pressure to reduce tailpipe emissions, the rapid decline of diesel in Europe and the modernization of automobiles worldwide, alkylate is well-positioned to be in steady demand for decades to come. Most alkylate is produced in refineries by combining C3–C5 light olefins from the fluid catalytic cracking unit (F

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