November 2018

Process Optimization

Revamp results for CCR catalytic reforming unit with atmospheric regenerator

The reformate market is changing.

Kniuksta, A., Honeywell UOP; Piriyawiwatwong, W., Pipithvittaya, N., Star Petroleum Refining Public Co. Ltd.

The reformate market is changing. While global reformate demand continues to grow, there are local regions where demand is flat or on a decline, like the US. This decrease may be explained by the expansion of ethanol use as an additive in gasoline, by alternative transportation technologies such as hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles, and by natural gas as a transportation fuel. More dedicated hydrogen (H2) plants are also being built, offsetting the need for net H2 production from reforming operations. Catalytic reforming unita reactors that were designed to process heavy naphtha feeds at high severity are now operating at mild severity. The continuous catalyst regeneration (CCR) section

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