February 2004

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Case history: Desulfurization of FCC naphtha

This refiner used pilot-plant testing of actual refinery FCC streams to find the best technology for blending 10-ppm gasoline

Grande, K., Moljord, K., Rosvoll, J. S., Skjolsivk, P. A., Statoil ASA Research and Technology; Johansen, S., Kuhnle, S., Sorum, P. A., Statoil Mongstad Refinery; Roundtree, E. M., Sapre, A. V., ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.

Implementing clean fuels programs are challenging. These projects involve integrating new processing units and operating conditions within an existing site. Refining operations do change. Thus, the process and project engineers must find the best solution that meets the production goals of the site with the least capital and operating expense. The profitability of many refineries will hinge on making the best decision for short-term goals but are flexible to satisfy long-term needs. Pilot-plant testing is an effective means to investigate potential technologies and catalysts for clean fuels. Such testing provides design engineers with a thorough understanding on processing flexibility

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