May 2000

Process Optimization

Optimize alkylate production for clean fuels

New processing technology and catalysts enable revamping existing MTBE facilities into high-quality, alkylate processing units

J. M. Meister, S. M. Black, B. S. Muldoon, D. H. Wei, and C. M. Roeseler, UOP LLC, Des Plaines, Illinois       Comments? Write:editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Changes in gasoline specifications worldwide have elevated alkylate's importance as a blending component for gasoline. Reductions in total aromatics, benzene, vapor pressure, olefins and sulfur, and limitations on distillation endpoint will affect demand for all major gasoline-blending components. Due to the uncertainty concerning methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), many new projects were placed on hold, or converted to a different product such as alkylate. Alkylate is an ideal gasoline

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