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A novel deep catalytic cracking technology for residue-to-chemicals processes
Gong, J., Zhang, J., Zhang, Z., Wei, X., Chang, X., Zhu, J., SINOPEC Research Institute of Petroleum Processing; Wu, L., SINOPEC Engineering Inc.; Cao, D., China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.; Ma, Q., SINOPEC Anqing Co.

Over the past two decades, annual global demands for refined products and basic petrochemicals have increased by approximately 1.3% and 3.5%, respectively.

Development/industrial application of FCC catalyst for boosting high-octane gasoline production
Sha, Y., Han, L., Wang, P., Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP)

Globally, crude oil is trending toward being heavier; the proportion of heavy crude oil reserve is expected to be 50% of the entire recoverable oil reserve moving forward from 2020.

Flexibility in catalyst technology for improved bottoms upgrading

Bottoms product from fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) is typically one of the least valuable products from a refinery.

Industry Perspectives: Despite reaching $180 B, new project announcements are down year-over-year
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past year, the Global Energy Infrastructure database has tracked more than $180 B in new project announcements.

Partners maximize profitability during the pandemic
Zhan, B.-Z., Advanced Refining Technologies (ART)/ Chevron Lummus Global (CLG); Fritz, J., Chevron Lummus Global; Somers, D., Advanced Refining Technologies

The COVID-19 pandemic can be viewed as one of the most challenging periods in the history of the oil and gas sector. Refineries worldwide faced difficult times operating at their turndown capacities or even temporarily shut down units at the refinery.

Solving maldistribution: Catalyst loading and why it matters
Maas, E., Sigaud, J., Shell Catalysts & Technologies; Poussin, G., Caldas, T., CREALYST-Oil

Are your reactor yields lower than forecast? Does your fixed-bed catalytic reactor suffer from hotspots?

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Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,100 projects around the world. At 40%, the Asia-Pacific region holds the largest market share in total active projects followed by the Middle East and the U.S. These three regions represent nearly 70% of all active projects in the hydrocarbon processing industry.

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Project: Long Son Petrochemicals Complex
Location: Long Son, Vietnam
Operator: Siam Cement Group
Cost: $5.4 B
Capacity: 1.65 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Under Construction
Project: Huizhou Petrochemical Complex
Location: Huizhou, China
Operator: ExxonMobil
Cost: $10 B
Capacity: 1.6 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Under construction
Project: Visakh Refinery
Location: Visakhapatnam, India
Operator: Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.
Cost: $3.1 B
Capacity: 134,000 bpd
Completion date: 2023
Status: Under Construction
Project: LyondellBasell PO/TBA Complex
Location: Channelview, Texas (U.S.)
Operator: LyondellBasell
Cost: $2.4 B
Capacity: 1.47 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Under Construction