July 2017

Process Engineering

Application of hydroconversion process to field upgraders

With increasing global demand in the energy sector, heavy and extra-heavy oils and bitumen have attracted extensive attention, despite depressed oil pricing.

Lai, H., Abbott, B., Genoil Inc.

With increasing global demand in the energy sector, heavy and extra-heavy oils and bitumen have attracted extensive attention, despite depressed oil pricing. At the same time, environmental concerns have increased, resulting in more stringent low-sulfur regulations for petroleum products. Maximizing liquid product yield from various heavy oil resources is of immediate concern to refiners. These trends have promoted the development of both new catalysts and new upgrading process technologies that convert heavy oil products into light, sweet and more valuable clean products. Several heavy and extra-heavy crudes (10°–22°API) and bitumen (< 10°API) are regarded as unconventional crude and ch

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