August 2003

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Protect processing catalysts from feedstock contaminants

Effective feedstock filtration can extend service life for catalytic systems and optimize reactor performance

Isch, M., RPA Process Technoogies

In the petroleum refining industry, three trends are driving the need for more feedstock filtration. They are changing raw material characteristics, evolving refinery goals and tighter legislative trends. Recently, petroleum feedstocks have shifted from light, sweet feedstocks to heavier, sour crudes. Sour feedstocks contain more sulfur, and are more corrosive. Refiners are upgrading a greater percentage of each barrel into higher-value products such as gasoline, jet fuel and propane due to the rising demand for gasoline and pressure to increase profits. Due to stricter environmental compliance and emissions requirements

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