January 2007

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Europe's refining challenges include processing Ural crude

Latest technological innovations, processes and core industry issues were the focus of the ERTC Annual Meeting (Paris, November 2006). Tackling the key strategic challenges facing European refiners ov..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Latest technological innovations, processes and core industry issues were the focus of the ERTC Annual Meeting (Paris, November 2006). Tackling the key strategic challenges facing European refiners over the next 10 years, Phil Hunt, global head of downstream consulting with Nexant ChemSystems, examined the relationship of Europe and Russia's Ural crude oil, product quality for gasoline, diesel and fuel oil, and the region's "bio" future. The following are highlights from his presentation. Middle East crudes dominate global supply, and the ability to process heavy grades has been the key to high margins. Russian (Ural) crude oil will play a growing role in Europe, in terms of volume and p

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