What is the impact of US shale oil on global markets and refinery configurations?

Ruwe, W. P., Barela, A. B., Jacobs Consultancy

One of the most important factors in determining a refinery’s profitability is its ability to access low-cost feedstocks. This is not to be confused with survivability. Some uneconomic refineries..

Overcome the imbalance between diesel and gasoline production

Wisdom, L., Axens; Peer, E., Craig, M., Perat, C., Axens North America

A number of strategies can be applied to increase the overall product selectivity to middle distillates.

Hydrogen perspectives for 21st century refineries

Farnand, S., Li, J., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; Ratan, S., Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology

As refining market trends continue to support increased demand for H2, its availability and cost are critical for many refiners, creating a tough environment for securing reliable, efficient and environmentally-friendly H2.

Improve refining of tight oil via enhanced fluid catalytic cracking catalysts

Crude oils from tight formations are relatively light, low in concarbon, and contain different contaminants. They have high naphtha and distillate yields, lower vacuum gasoil (VGO) content and almost ..

Consider olefin offgas as feed for ammonia production

Arora, V. K., Kinetics Process Improvements, Inc.

Ammonia production using hydrogen (H2)-rich offgases is an established method, but it is practiced only in a handful of plants. The dynamics of new feedstocks in the petrochemicals industry coupled wi..

HP Innovations

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Boron technology mitigates metals contaminationAlthough tight oil has changed the landscape of North American refining, resid-type feeds continue to play a key role in the global FCC market, with arou..

HP News

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

IChemE awards highest professional honor to Shell The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) awarded its highest honor to Shell in recognition of the company’s worldwide skills and profession..

Case history: Modernization of Russia’s refining industry—Part 2

Levinbuk, M., RAS, A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas; Galkin, V. V., Makhiyanov, V., Gazprom Neft

Russia’s refining industry is set to make major changes to improve profitability and produce cleaner transportation fuels. Such changes will enable the refining industry to export cleaner fuels t..

HP News

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Refining capacity in the US increases slightly At the beginning of 2014 in the US, there were 139 operating refineries and three idle refineries with total atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity ..

How to make anything with a catalytic cracker

Dean, C., High Olefins FCC Technology Services, LLC; Letzsch, W. S., Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology

Various refined products can be produced via an FCCU only with changes in operating condition, different feedstocks and advanced/specialty catalyst choices.