Catalysts

Editorial Comment: Where some see roadblocks, we see opportunities

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the January issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the editorial comment focused on the roadmap to advancing ideas.

Business Trends: How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry

If plastics demand follows its current trajectory, global plastics-waste volumes would grow from 260 MMtpy in 2016 to 460 MMtpy by 2030, taking what is already a serious environmental problem to a new level.

Improve CCR reforming profitability using a novel high-density catalyst

Takahashi, H., Fuji Oil Co.; Nakamura, Y., Nikki-Universal Co.; Chang, J., Honeywell UOP

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

FCC operational changes to boost gasoline octane

The fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) is one of the main units providing gasoline with high-octane numbers to the refinery gasoline pool.

Development of zeolite catalysts for production of ethylbenzene

Yang, W., Wang, Z., SINOPEC Engineering Inc.

Zeolites, an important type of catalytic material, are widely used in industrial catalysis.

Editorial Comment: IRPC EurAsia—A roadmap to advancing ideas

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to the editors of Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing industry will witness substantial growth in new refining, petrochemical and gas processing/LNG capacities over the next several years.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Claroty has made several significant enhancements to its Continuous Threat Detection product.

Maximizing existing xylene loop profitability

Sakaguchi, T., Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd.; Molinier, M., ExxonMobil

Paraxylene (PX) separation is an energy-intensive process, as are most industrial chemical separations.

Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects presently under construction, as chosen by HP editors and readers

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

Viewpoint: The opportunity for greater growth and value—Considerations for crude-to-chemicals projects

Moore, D., ExxonMobil

Industry players are focused on upgrading to higher-growth, higher-value chemical products.