March 2018

Trends & Resources

Industry Perspectives: Secondary unit construction surges in the near term

Although the refining industry is expected to add more than 7 MMbpd of new distillation capacity by the early 2020s, the global refining industry will witness a boost in secondary processing capacity, as well.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Although the refining industry is expected to add more than 7 MMbpd of new distillation capacity by the early 2020s, the global refining industry will witness a boost in secondary processing capacity, as well. This processing capacity will be added through the construction of greenfield refineries, as well as through plant upgrades and additions. The additional capacity will provide these facilities with complex units to produce high-value, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur fuels. More secondary processing units are needed to meet new fuel quality regulations that are being enacted by dozens of countries around the world. According to OPEC’s World Oil Outlook 2017, more than 11 MMbpd of secon

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