May 2000

Process Optimization

Optimize alkylate production for clean fuels

New processing technology and catalysts enable revamping existing MTBE facilities into high-quality, alkylate processing units

J. M. Meister, S. M. Black, B. S. Muldoon, D. H. Wei, and C. M. Roeseler, UOP LLC, Des Plaines, Illinois       Comments? Changes in gasoline specifications worldwide have elevated alkylate's importance as a blending component for gasoline. Reductions in total aromatics, benzene, vapor pressure, olefins and sulfur, and limitations on distillation endpoint will affect demand for all major gasoline-blending components. Due to the uncertainty concerning methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), many new projects were placed on hold, or converted to a different product such as alkylate. Alkylate is an ideal gasoline

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