June 2018

Special Focus: Process Optimization

Novel FCC technologies based on reaction chemistry of catalytic cracking

The increased use of opportunity crude oils in refinery processing, the growing demand for light fuel, and the efficient conversion of petroleum resources to refined fuels and basic chemical raw materials have become the basis of green and low-carbon refining technology developments.

Xie C., Wei, X., Gong, J., Long, J., SINOPEC Engineering Inc.

The increased use of opportunity crude oils in refinery processing, the growing demand for light fuel, and the efficient conversion of petroleum resources to refined fuels and basic chemical raw materials have become the basis of green and low-carbon refining technology developments.1,2 Due to its various advantages of low equipment investment, good feed adaptability, high heavy oil conversion and light oil yield, and flexible operation modes, the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process continues to play a key role in a modern refinery as the primary conversion process of crude oil into fuels and light olefins. Since the startup of the first commercial FCC unit (FCCU) in 1942, many efforts h

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