February 2003

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Consider onsite gas supply to meet processing needs

By outsourcing industrial gas sources, refiners can focus resources – capital and manpower – on upgrading crude oil into higher-value products

Heisel, M., Linde AG; Scholz, G., Schweer, D., Linde AG, Gas and Engineering

Refiners will use more industrial gases - hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen - to process fuels and intermediate petrochemical streams. In particular, hydrogen demand will increase as refiners strive to lower the sulfur content of fuel and product streams. So what are the available sources for industrial gases? One option is contracting with a gas supplier to provide onsite production of industrial gases. Under this arrangement, the gas supplier takes on the risk and responsibility of providing gas(es) to meet the refiner's processing requirements. The following examples explain in detail the potential benefits from such contracts. Increased traffic. The enormous increase in road and air tr

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