September 2016

Process Engineering and Optimization

Unlock next-level hydrocracker flexibility in today’s turbulent markets

As a critical catalytic conversion unit, the hydrocracker provides refiners with valuable feedstock and product slate flexibility.

Baric, J., Shell Global Solutions International BV; Kang, D.-H., Hyundai Oilbank Daesan refinery; Orzeszko, G., Grupa LOTOS Gdańsk refinery

As a critical catalytic conversion unit, the hydrocracker provides refiners with valuable feedstock and product slate flexibility. In recent years, several businesses have taken this flexibility to the next level. Some have adapted their units to handle extreme feeds, whereas others have transformed their operating strategies to capture new business opportunities in petrochemicals or lubricant base oils. These refiners have unlocked real performance differentiators and transformed the economics of their assets. The refining sector continues to experience volatile margins and an uncertain future. Even with the current low crude prices and reasonably healthy margins, the fuels commodities mar

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