Ethers

Innovation drives new catalyst developments

Letzsch, W., The Shaw Group

Future challenges in environment and product specifications involve more sophisticated catalyst systems

Slurry-phase hydrocracking—possible solution to refining margins

Opportunity crudes require more hydrogen addition to upgrade orphan product streams into higher-value ‘clean’ products

Convert bottom-of-the-barrel into diesel and light olefins

Sieli, G., Rama Rao, M., Soni, D., Lummus Technology; Bhattacharyya, D., Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.

Integrating residue hydrocracking operations with advanced fluid catalytic cracking optimizes upgrading of heavy crude oils

What are the future fungible transportation fuels?

Stockle, M., Foster Wheeler, Reading

Alternatives hold promises to decrease dependence on crude oil, but they also uncover other challenges in distribution and engine use

KBR and Saudi Kayan startup grassroots cracker

KBR has announced the startup of a 1.35 million metric tpy steam cracker at Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co.’s (Saudi Kayan) olefins plant located in Saudi Kayan’s petrochemical complex in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia. KBR executed the engineering, procurement and construction management of the cracker.

Neste Oil sells its Sines plant in Portugal

Neste Oil Portugal S.A.,has sold its ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) in Sines, Portugal, to Repsol Polimeros LDA. The acquisition price was not disclosed.