Octane

Honeywell UOP introduces ionic liquids alkylation technology

Honeywell UOP has introduced a new alkylation technology to the refining industry, developed by Chevron, that employs ionic liquids as a catalyst to produce high-octane motor fuels.

Maximize petrochemicals in the FCCU to boost refinery margins, improve gasoline pool quality

In light of the current market dynamics, challenging the FCCU to move out of its “maximum gasoline” comfort zone is a winning strategy to drive overall refinery profitability.

Alkylating refinery-grade propylene offers processing opportunities

The propylene in this stream from FCC and coking units can be combined with isobutane in an alkylation unit to yield a high-value gasoline blending component—alkylate.

China’s CNOOC begins exports of gasoline, diesel

China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) has received government approval to begin international exports of diesel and gasoline cargoes in early May.

HP Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Global product markets and refinery margins, particularly in the US, have seen steady improvement since January. Worldwide gasoline demand has soared in recent months in both OECD and non-OECD regions..

HP Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US commercial crude oil inventories are at elevated levels and are expected to increase. Lower crude oil prices have supported consumption in developed economies, removed budgetary constraints in emer..

HP Editorial Comment: Accessing the value of methane and the North American petrochemical revolution

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The North American (NA) petrochemical industry is experiencing a renaissance of new project announcements and manufacturing expansions. This wave of activity is supported by abundant, low-cost natural gas supplies. In particular, many ethylene projects are under various stages of development.

Shale oil characterization optimizes refining process

Sayles, S., KBC Advanced Technologies

The abundance of shale oils is an unexpected gift for US refiners. These new crude oils have different characteristics from conventional oils that will affect refining processes and the operation of p..

Update on the catalytic cracking process and standpipes—Part 1

The fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process is a well-established technology used by complex refineries. It is a key profit center, as the FCC unit (FCCU) has the flexibility to produce transportation ..

2015 Catalyst developments: Innovation and value creation

Hydrocarbon Processing invited major catalyst companies and industry consultants to share their insights regarding innovations and trends for new catalytic technologies.Challenges to be solved“As..