Shackleford, A.

BASF, Detroit, Michigan

Alexis Shackleford is an Executive Account Manager for BASF, based in Detroit, Michigan. She provides technical and commercial support for FCCUs around the area. She joined BASF’s refining catalyst division in 2009, and has held a variety of roles, including technology specialist, marketing specialist and technical service engineer. She has authored several articles for many oil and gas publications. Prior to BASF, Ms. Shackleford worked at Shell Oil Co.’s Deer Park, Texas, refinery. She earned a BS degree in chemical engineering, with a minor in biomedical engineering from Michigan State University.

Driving FCCU value through fresh and flushing catalyst activity modeling

Refiners are continually challenged to maximize economic gain in the face of cost pressures and plant operating constraints. The fluidized catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) plays an integral role in the optimization of the facility. FCC catalyst is often one of the largest budget items in the refinery. Therefore, the balance between FCCU performance and catalyst costs has a significant impact on refinery profitability.

Iron poisoning investigations enable opportunities for success

The function of fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) is to maximize profits from a given barrel of oil.

Improve refining of tight oil via enhanced fluid catalytic cracking catalysts

Crude oils from tight formations are relatively light, low in concarbon, and contain different contaminants. They have high naphtha and distillate yields, lower vacuum gasoil (VGO) content and almost ..