Catalysts

Repsol selects Axens’ new generation of hydrocracking catalysts

Among several other customers, Spanish refiner Repsol has selected Craken catalysts for two of its hydrocracking units, one being a repeated order.

Saint-Gobain NorPro develops new micro-size Accu spheres

STOW, Ohio — Saint-Gobain NorPro introduced Accu sphere catalyst carriers. This new spherical catalyst carrier satisfies a growing petrochemical, chemical & refining industry demand for small diameter supports which provide high-geometric surface area, uniform packing, and even flow distribution.

Grace licenses process technology to Canada Kuwait Petrochemical

COLUMBIA, Md. — W. R. Grace & Co., a supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has contracted to license its UNIPOL PP Process Technology to Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC), a 50/50 JV between Pembina Pipeline Corporation of Canada and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. of Kuwait.

Clariant Catalysts expands in China with opening of new office in Yinchuan

MUNICH — Clariant, a company in specialty chemicals, announced the opening of a new office for its Catalysts business in Yinchuan city, capital of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region in China. With the new branch, Clariant becomes the first multinational catalyst provider based in northwest China, a region that is home to a majority of the nation’s coal-to-chemicals producers as well as numerous syngas and polyolefin companies.

Develop reactor internals for optimizing reactor design: High-performance vapor-liquid distributor

Ahn, E. S., Park, S. I., Song, I. C., Kim, G. B., Chang, G. S., GS Engineering and Construction

Vapor-liquid distributors are a crucial element of reactor internals for maximizing catalyst utilization of fixed-bed reactors.

Design and troubleshoot the orifice chamber in an FCCU

The fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process remains one of the most important secondary conversion processes due to its inherent capability to upgrade residual streams and its flexibility to maximize the desired product, depending on market dynamics.

Propane dehydrogenation plant in Korea reaches record production rate

CB&I and SK Advanced Co. Ltd. are celebrating the record production rates and outstanding operation of a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Seoul, South Korea.

Improve H2O measurement in catalytic reformer H2 recycle streams

Engelhart, W. G., SpectraSensors

Catalytic reformer units convert naphtha into high-octane aromatic compounds called reformates, which are used in gasoline blending and formulation. UOP developed the catalytic reforming process and brought the first unit into operation in 1949.

Industry Perspectives: Hydrocarbon Processing’s IRPC returns to Europe in June

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Founded in 2009, Gulf Publishing Company and Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) provides a series of events for the international downstream industry covering technical innovations, and exploring both the challenges and opportunities found in today’s market.

Materia expands Proxima manufacturing facilities in Texas

PASADENA, Calif. – Materia Inc., a company in the development and manufacturing of catalysts and advanced polymers, is expanding its Proxima thermoset resins manufacturing capacity fivefold in Huntsville, Texas.