April 2020

Special Focus: Clean Fuels

Cost-effective naphtha hydrotreating unit revamp to increase high-octane reformate production

India, which is the third-largest economy in the world, is home to nearly 18% of the world’s population (nearly 1.4 B).

Ramesh, K., Phukan, D., Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.

India, which is the third-largest economy in the world, is home to nearly 18% of the world’s population (nearly 1.4 B). While the country is also the third-largest energy consumer in the world, it accounts for only about 5.3% of the world’s primary energy consumption—equaling approximately 0.6 tons of oil equivalent (toe) vs. the global average of 1.88 toe. The country’s gasoline consumption is surging, and it has become one of the fastest-growing components of global oil demand. Gasoline demand is forecast to increase from 23.8 MMtpy to more than 37 MMtpy by 2025. Naphtha destruction is one of the foremost interests of Indian refineries. Upgrading naphtha to gasoline will result in an inc

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