February 2007

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HPIn Europe: Replace fuel oil with distillate? Refiners ask how

"It can't be done, at least not in that timetable." You get a pretty strong reaction when you put the ideas contained in a Marpol submission by the independent tanker owners association to a seasoned ..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

"It can't be done, at least not in that timetable." You get a pretty strong reaction when you put the ideas contained in a Marpol submission by the independent tanker owners association to a seasoned refinery contractor. You may recall that we wrote here about its proposal that a new quality of distillate should replace today's high- and low-sulfur fuel oils in the global bunker market. "Technologies are there, of course, but they would increase costs tremendously and increase CO2 by 20% to 30%," says my friend the contractor. Interestingly, the tanker owners I spoke to for my December column say they would be willing to pay up to double today's price for a new, cleaner, more reliable fuel

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