September 2011

Special Report: Refining Developments

Maximize propylene from your FCC unit

Innovative use of catalyst and operating conditions increases on-purpose olefin production

Knight, J., Mehlberg, R., UOP LLC, a Honeywell Co.

Fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) technology was developed to increase gasoline production derived from crude-derived vacuum gasoil (VGO) and, in some cases, atmospheric resids. T his continues to be the primary objective. According to a Purvin and Gertz study, as of 2010, cracking-based conversion accounts for approximately 50% of the world’s refining capacity with an additional 10%–15% for the North American refining market. As fuels market needs to evolve, FCC technologies are being repurposed to produce high-grade petrochemical feedstocks along with transportation fuels. This article investigates FCC evolving operations to meet future market needs. MARKET OVERVIEW In gener

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