Catalysts

Albemarle announces launch of Ketjen Corporation

Albemarle Corporation, a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, announced the official brand launch of Ketjen, its wholly owned subsidiary that crafts tailored, advanced catalyst solutions for the petrochemical, refining and specialty chemicals industries.

A novel deep catalytic cracking technology for residue-to-chemicals processes

Gong, J., Zhang, J., Zhang, Z., Wei, X., Chang, X., Zhu, J., SINOPEC Research Institute of Petroleum Processing; Wu, L., SINOPEC Engineering Inc.; Cao, D., China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.; Ma, Q., SINOPEC Anqing Co.

Over the past two decades, annual global demands for refined products and basic petrochemicals have increased by approximately 1.3% and 3.5%, respectively.

Refinery catalyst selection: Facts and fictions every refiner should know

Pongboot, N., Avantium; Upienpong, T., PTT Global Chemical

Most refiners carefully evaluate their refining catalysts to ensure maximum benefits over the catalyst cycle length.

Development/industrial application of FCC catalyst for boosting high-octane gasoline production

Sha, Y., Han, L., Wang, P., Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP)

Globally, crude oil is trending toward being heavier; the proportion of heavy crude oil reserve is expected to be 50% of the entire recoverable oil reserve moving forward from 2020.

Flexibility in catalyst technology for improved bottoms upgrading

Bottoms product from fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) is typically one of the least valuable products from a refinery.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

N’GENIUS Materials Technology has developed a new series of high-strength austenitic stainless steels that the company says will transform how materials are specified and utilized across the oil and gas sector.

Partners maximize profitability during the pandemic

Zhan, B.-Z., Advanced Refining Technologies (ART)/ Chevron Lummus Global (CLG); Fritz, J., Chevron Lummus Global; Somers, D., Advanced Refining Technologies

The COVID-19 pandemic can be viewed as one of the most challenging periods in the history of the oil and gas sector. Refineries worldwide faced difficult times operating at their turndown capacities or even temporarily shut down units at the refinery.

Solving maldistribution: Catalyst loading and why it matters

Maas, E., Sigaud, J., Shell Catalysts & Technologies; Poussin, G., Caldas, T., CREALYST-Oil

Are your reactor yields lower than forecast? Does your fixed-bed catalytic reactor suffer from hotspots?

Clariant’s NiSat 310 catalyst adds polishing touch to Evonik-tkIS HPPO process at propylene oxide plant in China

Clariant Catalysts has teamed up with Evonik and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) in a major propylene oxide project for one of China’s largest rubber producers.

Why sulfur plants fail: An in-depth study of sulfur recovery unit failures—Part 2

Bohme, G. E., Sulphur Experts Inc.

Equipment malfunction or an unplanned shutdown of a sulfur recovery unit (SRU) can have a significant effect on a production company’s profitability, along with an equally serious impact on personnel safety and the environment.