February 2008

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Consider new technology to produce 'clean' diesel

Advances in catalysts enable cracking gasoils at moderate pressures

Chitnis, G. K., Hilbert, T. L., Kamienski, P. W., Umansky, B. S., ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.; Patel, V., Subramanian, A., KBR

Demand for diesel and jet fuel is expected to grow, and many refiners are actively focused on the shifting demand from motor gasoline to diesel. While still analyzing possible options, some refining projects will require significant capital investment. The future of diesel fuel is a topic of much speculation. In markets dominated by fluid catalytic cracking (FCC)-based refineries, the need to increase distillate production has taken on a new dimension, posing interesting challenges, while presenting some unique opportunities. In addition, following the European and US regulation trends, regulatory decisions have substantially reduced sulfur levels in fuels. Much attention on the possibility

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