February 2009

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Why integrate refineries and petrochemical plants?

Shifting trends in feedstocks and products create 'win-win' opportunities for hydrocarbon processing facilities

Kapur, S., Menegaz, D., Rajguru, A., Fluor Corp.; Vaidyanathan, S., Fluor Enterprises, Inc.

Advances in processing technologies are playing a larger role in facilitating the integration between refining and petrochemical facilities. The refining industry has been modernizing facilities to meet mandated changes in fuel specifications and new crude feedslates, particularly in the switch to heavier and sourer crude. This modernization is strongly influenced by the growing demand for diesel/distillates over motor gasoline. Such changes have profound impacts on crude processing requirements. Stay-in business actions. The economic case for investing in stay-in-business regulatory projects has been especially difficult for merchant refiners without proportional return in product values.

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