June 2019

Catalysts

Novel semi-regenerative reforming catalyst increases unit efficiency and productivity

Catalytic reforming has been a staple in petroleum refining since 1949.

Jawandhiya, A., Honeywell UOP; Dieterich, R., BAYERNOIL Raffineriegesellschaft mbH

Catalytic reforming has been a staple in petroleum refining since 1949. Refiners are looking for next-generation catalysts that increase the productivity and performance of their existing semi-regenerative reforming operations. In many cases, these catalysts must reliably process increasingly difficult feeds, accommodate multiple sources of crudes and naphthas, and bounce back from reformer unit upsets. For these circumstances, a robust catalyst with an extended cycle length that can withstand feed contaminations is an excellent option. To meet this demand, a proprietary fixed-bed reforming catalysta was introduced into the market in 2015. This catalyst is commercially proven in more than 2

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