January 2007

Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Optimize your gas concentration unit operations

Improve hydrogen sulfide removal techniques for quality control

Mandal, K. K., Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) production maximization and quality control are primary objectives when operating a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. LPG is one of the most valuable products, and increasing production will improve profitability. Gasoline and LPG quality control is also equally important when marketing these products. Optimum production with required quality is a key parameter indicating FCC performance. Valuable knowledge can be gained from experience during day-to-day FCC operation for LPG production optimization in a gas-concentration unit (GCU) and for quality control. Basic GCU operation. Hydrocarbon vapor leaving the FCC fractionator top is a mixture of LPG, ga

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