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Improve thermodynamic equilibrium among light olefins in FCC operations

Jaguste, S. D., Jain, B., Reliance Industries Ltd.

Worldwide propylene demand is strongly increasing. About 28% of the global propylene supply comes from refinery fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units. The light olefins have relative selectivity due to..

HP Petrochemicals: Coal re-emerges as a primary petrochemical feedstock

Velson, J., Nexant Consulting

Coal-to-chemicals routes are now an important and viable option for producers in China and beyond. Those that look upon them as atavistic dinosaurs do so at their peril.

Russian refiners use oxygenates to preserve octane

Levinbuk, M., RAS, A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas; Kuznetsov, S. E., OAO Gazprom Neft; Zolotarev, A. S., Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas

A case study was conducted regarding the physical and chemical properties of key gasoline oxygenates, such as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), tertiary amyl methyl ether (TAME) and other blending components.

Improve the isomerization of alkanes by catalytic distillation

The isomerization of light gasoline fractions is crucial to producing high-octane fuels and to reducing the benzene content in gasoline. One of the most promising options for isomerization is catalytic distillation.

A biofuels roadmap for Europe to 2030

Bauen, A., E4tech

What will the transport sector use as an energy source in 2030? If you answered gas, electricity or hydrogen, you could be on the right track. These sources are becoming increasingly useful to meet cl..

HP Editorial Comment: What’s next for the energy industry?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Year-end always leads to insightful predictions for the upcoming 12 months and possibly some longer-term insights. In writing this editorial at the end of December, HP reviewed several 2014 outlooks t..

HP Viewpoint: Methanol: The other transportation fuel

Dolan, G. A., Methanol Institute

In the US Congress, the Open Fuel Standard Act was introduced to direct automakers to have half of all new cars by the 2017 model year capable of operating on something other than gasoline, with model..

HP Industry Perspectives: New crude oil supplies stabilize oil prices

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A new US Energy Information Administration (EIA) report highlighted a positive trend unfolding within the global energy market. The rise in US crude oil production has greatly contributed to stabilizi..

Chemical-grade operation—or not?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The quality of transportation fuels has evolved. Earlier, the fuel quality was based on octane to power larger engines for automobiles and cetane for commercial trucks. As lead was phased out of gasol..

HP Editorial Comment: By the numbers

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At times, engineers, bankers, scientists and accountants can be obsessed with numbers. Why? Because numbers are vital, especially in the design and operation of process units and equipment. Anniversar..