April 2014

Special Report: Petrochemical Developments

New catalyst increases FCC olefin yields

The new catalyst helped enable the refinery to maximize propylene and isobutylene yields, expand total LPG production, maintain LCN yield, improve bottoms upgrading and expand the FCCU operating window.

Spanish Petroleum Co. (CEPSA) has three refineries in Spain (Tenerife, La Rábida in Huelva and Gibraltar–San Roque) that produce transport fuels and petrochemical feedstock. The La Rábida refinery started operations in 1967, and the refinery configuration and port facilities allow the refinery to produce, store and distribute a wide range of products for industry and consumers. The fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) was designed with the goal to enable processing flexibility for a wide variety of feeds.a In recent years, the profitability of European refineries has been negatively affected by a number of large-scale trends. Two particular trends are the reduced appetite for

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