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.

Turning a Tier 3 profit

Esteban, J., Criterion Catalysts and Technologies; Hartman, M., Marathon Petroleum Co.

The continued reduction in refined product sulfur specifications has revolutionized the industry’s landscape over the last decade, increasing the importance of hydrotreating solutions.

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 84: Remaining service life of plant equipment can be determined

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

For new plant machines and equipment, the life expectancy is determined by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Yet, different analysis techniques are often required in a failure analysis. In a ..

Use vapor distributors to improve fractionation column performance

Fewel, K. J., Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology

Vapor distribution has often been neglected in fractionation columns. Although the importance of liquid distribution is well understood and has been a consideration in column design from the early sta..

Update on the catalytic cracking process—Part 2

One of the prime challenges in the operation of a fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) is keeping the catalyst circulating. Compared to other challenges with FCC operations, correcting erratic catalys..

HP Viewpoint: Methanex focuses on growth and expanding its operations across the globe

Floren, J., Methanex Corp.

As the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol to major international markets, Methanex Corp. continues to focus on growing and expanding its operations across the globe. The most recen..

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..

HP Editorial Comment: Downstream has good news for 2015

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The outlook is optimistic for downstream companies. Independent refiners are positive on present and future demand for transportation fuels.

Case history: Innovative resid-cracking catalyst debottlenecks FCC unit

Tamoil is a major operator in the oil and energy industry with operating refineries in Hamburg, Germany, and Collombey, Switzerland, in addition to distribution networks in Italy, Germany, Switzerland..

Replan: Modernizing Brazil’s largest crude oil refinery

Perissé, J. B., Petrobras

The project included installing two hydrodesulfurization (HDS) units for the cracked naphtha produced by two catalytic cracking units, a coker naphtha hydrotreating (HDT) unit, and a catalytic reforming unit.