June 2020

Special Focus: Process Optimization

Best practices for aromatics extractive distillation in integrated complexes

Integrated refining/aromatics/olefins complexes are an efficient and effective configuration to maximize crude oil feedstock value and optimize the value of the entire product chain.

Liu, Z., Wang, Y., Zhao, L., Sulzer GTC Technology

Integrated refining/aromatics/olefins complexes are an efficient and effective configuration to maximize crude oil feedstock value and optimize the value of the entire product chain. A single site demonstrates the processing scheme from the raw material to final consumable products, along with the practical perspectives of both reliable operation and sustainable profitability. Within the last two decades, many existing refineries and petrochemical plants have been transformed to the integrated refining/aromatics/olefins complex through revamps, expansions and additions. In recent years, several grassroots integrated refining/aromatics/olefins mega-projects have been put into commercial oper

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