February 2010

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Dealing with dieselization

Several processing options can provide cost-effective ways to maximize diesel make and limit gasoline production

Knight, T., Stockle, M., Foster Wheeler, Reading

Refiners face a significant challenge over the coming years as global transport fuels see a continuing increase in demand for diesel at the expense of gasoline. There are several proven potential options available to improve diesel make from a refiner We will investigate a number of scenarios to demonstrate the potential benefits of available processing schemes to increase the diesel to gasoline ratio. Key consideration areas include crude selection, optimizing cutpoints, improving diesel recovery from the vacuum distillation unit (VDU,) modifying fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) yields, installing residue upgrading, technologies for converting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and gasoline to d

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