Catalysts

Advancing export terminal technology: An optimized process for the refrigeration of cryogenic hydrocarbons

Ethane production in North America (NA) has expanded dramatically with the onset of shale production and associated hydraulic fracturing. Ethane concentrations in fractured shale gas are typically 10% or higher vs. a traditional range of 4%–7% in associated gas.

Materia, Inc. sells catalyst business to Umicore

PASADENA, Calif. — Materia, Inc., a leading supplier of high performance catalysts and advanced polymers, has entered into an agreement to sell its catalyst business to Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling company with a strong presence in precious metal catalysts headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

Grace to acquire polyolefin catalysts business

COLUMBIA, Md. — W. R. Grace & Co. signed an agreement to acquire the Polyolefin Catalysts business of Albemarle Corporation for $416 MM. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Axens expands US catalyst manufacturing plant

Axens completed the expansion of its Calvert City, Kentucky manufacturing plant to produce its Impulse hydroprocessing catalysts Series in North America.

Clariant selected for new propane dehydrogenation unit in China

MUNICH — Clariant, a company in specialty chemicals, announced an agreement with Xuzhou HaiDing Chemical Technology Co. Ltd. to develop a custom-built CATOFIN catalyst and propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in cooperation with its technology partner CB&I.

Continuous catalytic regeneration reformer optimization: A result of change in mindset

Kumar, K. S., Shukla, S., Shreya, K., Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

In today’s industrial environment, where refiners are struggling to improve gross refinery margins, around-the-clock process optimization is a must.

Convert the heaviest fraction of the barrel into valuable products

A proprietary slurry technologya represents an innovation in residue conversion and unconventional oil upgrading, and marks a step change in the treatment of the heavy end of the barrel.

CB&I awarded residue upgrading technology contract in India

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — CB&I announced it has been selected by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for the license, engineering design and catalyst supply for a residue upgrading unit in Mathura, India.

Optimization: Filtration for processes inside refineries

Sullivan, C., Valin Corp.

Proper filtration is one of the most important functions performed inside refineries.

Materia, Evonik reach agreement on catalyst license

PASADENA, Calif. — Materia, Inc., a supplier of high performance catalysts and advanced polymers, has entered into a license agreement with Evonik Industries, related to olefin metathesis catalysts, following a patent infringement case between the two companies.