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  • Hoekstra war stories

    In the past two years, there have been many field failures in ultra-low sulfur diesel (ulsd) hydrotreaters. By field failures we mean short cycles of less than half the expected cycle life. The root cause of these failures was overestimating what a catalyst can do in a hydrogen starved unit. For example, one unit experienced a cycle life of just 1 year versus an estimated 3 year life on a very expensive catalyst. After two more short cycles of less than one year on other ...

  • Processing heavy Canadian crude

    Reducing crude oil cost is the major incentive driving crude and vacuum unit projects to handle heavy Canadian crudes. But such crudes–Albian Heavy, Christina Lake, MacKay River and others derived from oil sands–today present refiners with a unique set of problems not just because of extra-low API gravity, but also because of asphaltenes, vanadium and nickel, high solids content and extremely high viscosity vacuum residues. To process such crudes reliably over a 4-5 ...

  • MECS® SolvR™ technology for regenerative SO2 recovery.

    An energy efficient so absorption process with nearly zero SO2 emmissions. MECS® SolvR™ Technology employs an absorption solvent that is readily available, environmentally friendly and lower in cost than solvents used in other SO2 absorption processes. The technology can be integrated into new sulphuric acid plant designs to achieve ultra low SO emissions and high energy recovery. The SO2 recovered can either be liquefied, converted into sulphuric acid or converted ...

  • Low and zero rare-earth FCC catalysts

    Rare-earth metals are an important component of FCC catalysts, as well as being a key raw material for many strategic industries with applications ranging from military devices to electronic components. In addition, they are essential constituents in newly evolving green technologies, such as hybrid cars and wind turbines. Rather ironically, rare-earth metals are not so rare, however they tend to be concentrated in hard to extract ore deposits. As a result, the world’s ...

  • Auto-switch boring / cutting tool

    The innovative DeltaValve auto-switch coke cutting tool provides a high level of safety and reliability during de-coking operations by allowing the tool to remain in the drum during switching between boring/cutting modes. The auto-switch tool, in combination with the DeltaValve drill stem guide enclosure and the top unheading valve, provide maximum coker safety by allowing personnel to be removed from the cutting deck. Flow channels in the auto-switch tool are optimized to ...

  • New resid FCC catalyst technology for maximum distillates yield

    Recent years have brought a major shift in the world’s fuel demand for gasoline and distillate range (diesel) products. While gasoline consumption has shown only minor increases, the demand for distillates has been very strong; mainly driven by the transportation sector. The outlook for the years 2010 to 2020 shows an incremental growth in diesel demand above the 2009 level at about three times higher than that of gasoline [1]. As a result, more and more FCC units are ...

  • Gas/Liquid separation technology

    Sulzer is a major player in the field of gas/liquid and liquid/liquid separation technology, offering a full range of innovative products and related services. Our commitment to development of technology, combined with application knowhow and consistent fabrication standards ensures that a well-engineered solution is available for most separation problems. Our expertise gained from hundreds of successful installations in a broad spectrum of applications ensures that the best ...

  • NaphthaMax III: flexibility and value in challenging economic times

    Refiners the world over are focused on optimizing their operations and employing Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) solutions that help maximize margins. Lower refinery utilization numbers due to current global pressures are challenging refiners’ earnings. Given these conditions and the pressures put on the FCC unit, flexibility in operation will be key for refiners looking to capture market opportunities and regain healthy margins. NaphthaMax® III, the latest evolution ...

  • Using chemical analysis to diagnose amine upsets

    Using chemical analysis from your amine supplier to diagnose your amine system? Understanding the link between the analysis report and the amine system operation can be foggy. MPR Services, Inc. shares clear understandings and provides solutions to amine hygiene.

  • Dynawave® reverse jet scrubber

    How a reverse jet wet gas scrubber works. The DynaWave® Reverse Jet Scrubber is an open duct in which scrubbing liquid is injected, through a non-restrictive reverse jet nozzle, counter current to the dirty inlet gas. Liquid collides with down-coming gas to create the “Froth Zone,” a region of extreme turbulence with a high rate of mass transfer. The clean, water saturated gas continues through the scrubber vessel to mist removal devices. the liquid reverses ...

  • Comparing physical solvents for acid gas removal

    Physical solvents such as DEPG, NMP, Methanol, and Propylene Carbonate are often used to treat sour gas. These physical solvents differ from chemical solvents such as ethanolamines and hot potassium carbonate in a number of ways. The regeneration of chemical solvents is achieved by the application of heat whereas physical solvents can often be stripped of impurities by simply reducing the pressure. Physical solvents tend to be favored over chemical solvents when the concentration ...

  • GT-BTX PluS® meeting the world’s clean gasoline needs

    As the worldwide refining industry becomes more intricately linked, the specifications for fuels are converging around certain common aspects. Chief among these are the environmental limits on benzene and sulfur content in motor gasoline. GTC Technology’s GT-BTX PluS provides an effective and economical solution for meeting both of these specifications, and gives refiners the ability to convert lower-value gasoline components into higher-value petrochemicals, thereby maximizing ...

  • Axens engineering services revamping

    For a successful revamping project, no matter the degree of its complexity, and in accordance with your tight schedules, Axens is your unique contact during the phase preceding detailed engineering. Axens’ offer is based on our well founded expertise and several decades of experience. Our team of equipment specialists and our extensive network of detailed engineering contractors and equipment manufacturers complete this offer.   Our approach consists of successive ...

  • Process heater burners, flare systems, thermal oxidizers, catalyst systems

    With over two decades of overcoming combustion and emissions challenges, UOP Callidus consistently leads the industry by setting the standards for maximum performance and minimum emissions. Burners that set the standards: Innovation and technology are the keys to UOP Callidus burners. For over two decades, our team has been on the leading edge in designing burner equipment. The burner design group has worked in cooperation with our customers to develop the technology and solutions ...

  • An innovative new technology platform for FCC distillate maximization

    BASF has developed an innovative catalytic technology platform for maximizing distillate yields from a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. This unique platform, designated Prox-SMZ for Proximal Stable Matrix and Zeolite, combines attributes from both high zeolite and high matrix activity catalysts. The product is a stable and selective catalyst specifically designed for FCC distillate maximization. Commercial trials demonstrated increased light cycle oil (LCO) yields by up to ...

  • Tracerco Profiler™ HMI

    A Windows based application offering dynamic displays, diagnostics, trending, control and historical logging. The Profiler™HMI, is a ready-made graphical user interface that provides clear insight into your separation process while enabling efficient operation and control of the Profiler™GPS and the Profiler™TGA. The displays available from the Profiler™HMI provide a ‘window’ into the vessel, allowing operators to visualize the process density ...

  • Cutting-edge catalysts for ethylbenzene production

    ExxonMobil’s zeolite catalysts are the heart of the Badger EBMax℠ process. Originally developed by Mobil Oil, the MCM-22 family of zeolite catalysts revolutionized the production of ethylbenzene (EB). With their high activity and selectivity to EB, ExxonMobil catalysts enable a simple, liquid phase process that dramatically lowers operating temperatures and thereby reduces equipment sizes and energy consumption – all while still improving the ethylbenzene product ...

  • SERVOFLEX Mini HD

    Rugged and durable oxygen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide portable analyzer designed for field and light industrial use. The MiniHD 5200 is an ultra-sensitive analyzer designed for O2, CO and CO2 monitoring in common gas mixtures. With a rugged and durable design, the MiniHD is optimized for use in both the field and also light industrial applications. In addition to its leading-edge analytical capability, the MiniHD delivers a feature-rich suite of added benefits including ...

  • A single integrated vacuum system

    Failure to design the vacuum unit as an integrated system will invariably result in unsatisfactory yield and poor product quality (high vanadium, nickel, microcarbon, or asphaltenes), and ultimately, an unscheduled shutdown. To avoid these revamp problems the charge pump, fired heater, transfer line, column internals and ejector system must all be evaluated and designed as a unified whole so that critical variables – heater outlet temperature, coil steam injection rate, ...

  • Low sulfur additive

    Low Sulfur Additive (LSA) targets gasoline volume expansion while reducing sulfur compounds in gasoline without octane loss. The reduction of sulfur in FCC gasoline is a requirement in low sulfur gasoline markets because 90 percent of gasoline sulfur is derived from FCC gasoline. The combination of feed hydrotreating, FCC catalysts and additives, post-treating or cut-point adjustment is utilized by refiners to meet low sulfur specifications. LSA can be a cost effective contributor ...

  • OPTIMAX® Heat Exchanger helps achieve a more efficient CAPEX

    Watlow has over 40 years of experience designing and manufacturing heat exchangers, and we have the knowledge, experience and expertise required to create optimal heating solutions. Watlow has taken the tried and true, critical design criteria and improved it to create a new generation heating technology – the OPTIMAX® Heat Exchanger. Watlow’s new OPTIMAX technology combines optimal fluid dynamics, efficient heat transfer, low pressure drop and a compact and ...

  • Why produce diesel from the vacuum unit?

    Look ahead five years. The economy is likely to keep tightening and the rush to control pollution will inevitably be accompanied by demands for greater energy conservation. Consequence? A growing market for diesel which yields more energy per unit volume. Yet many continue to believe that producing diesel from the vacuum unit is poor design—that it should be produced only from the atmospheric column. Hence many refiners feed 20-30% diesel boiling range material to their ...

  • High octane C₅/C₆ cuts via isomerization Processes

    C5/C6 isomerization is a must-have for refiners who want to maximize the profitability of their gasoline pool. This process can be adapted to various configurations and allows improving C5/C6 naphtha cut octane numbers up to 92 without constraints on olefins and sulfur. Axens is licensing a complete set of isomerization configurations in order to support refiners to resolve the evolving gasoline pool equation. COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE With a powerful R&D support at both lab ...

  • Marine fuel analyzer for IMO MARPOL compliance

    As a premium low-cost bench top energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) analyzer, the NEX QC from Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc. delivers compliance with ASTM D4294 and ISO 8754 with an easy-to-learn software interface in a robust package designed explicitly for the marine fuel industry. Optimized for routine determination of sulfur in oil, the NEX QC features an intuitive and modern icon-driven touch screen for easy operation and a built-in thermal printer for convenience. ✓ ...

  • Proserpack™ combined exchanger - separator

    Proserpack compact integrated heat exchanger – separator, simplifies NGL recovery by implementing 3 process steps (2 heat exchangers and the turbo-expander suction drum) in a single equipment item. The heat exchanger is a PACKINOX multi-fluid plate exchanger.

  • Minimize recycle and coke carryover with the coker main fractionator washspray header design

    Coker Main Fractionator flash zone design is critical to reliable operation of the column and maintaining product quality. This section commonly experiences problems related to the presence of unstable heavy liquid and carryover of solids. Successful operation often hinges on the design of the wash liquid distributor. Although Sulzer utilizes several styles of wash liquid distributors, this bulletin focuses on the spray header design. The spray distributor design is a careful ...

  • Anti-fouling trays maximize coker main fractionator profitability

    The Coker Main Fractionator is systematically subjected to harsh operating conditions that can lead to deteriorating efficiency and performance due to coking and fouling. Poor reliability results in loss of profitable coking margins for the refinery. The main fractionator vapor feed from the coke drum overhead is characterized by a tendency for further cracking, as well as the presence of fine coke particles carried from the drums. The hottest zones of the column (bottom quench, ...

  • Raising the bar for selective H2S removal processes OASE® sulfexx™ solvent technology

    OASE sulfexx solvent is a highly energy efficient gas treating technology developed by ExxonMobil and BASF which helps refiners and gas processors to achieve sulfur removal targets. Raising the bar for selective H2S removal OASE sulfexx solvent enables selective removal of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) while minimizing the co-absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2). The new solvent is based on a new proprietary amine that allows gas treatment units to achieve high absorption capacity ...

  • Precious metal refining with response and responsibility

    Learn more about the art and science of sampling at Sabin Metal, one of many Elements Of Success we’ve provided to catalyst users around the world for over six decades.

  • Axens overview

    Axens is a group providing a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates as well as all of natural gas' treatment and conversion options. The offer includes technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services. Axens is ideally positioned to cover the entire value chain, from feasibility study to unit start-up and follow-up ...

  • InFocus™ Online Lube Optimization Model was used to analyze the effect of raising pour point on catalyst yield and life

    Situation: A major North American base oil producer has 2 production units. One of the units consists of a Lube Hydrotreater/Hydrocracker (HDT/HDC) and is integrated with a hydrodewaxing unit using ExxonMobil's proprietary MSDW™ dewaxing catalyst technology. The current production rate of this unit is 20 KBD. Challenge: The refiner has a base oil pour point specification at -15°C; however, in order to ensure that product consistently meets specification, the operator is ...

  • Turning an IMO 2020 problem into a high profit solution

    Few refining industry issues have been as universally discussed by refiners over the last several years as the upcoming IMO regulations on marine fuel quality. Nearly every conference, meeting, or presentation in the industry has a healthy connection to this issue, and the projected impacts have been evolving at a rapid pace, as we near the deadline for the implementation of IMO 2020. W. R. Grace, along with our partners at Advanced Refining Technologies (ART), has been working ...

  • Drizo™ the best available glycol dehydration process

    Drizo™ regenerates the glycol by solvent stripping instead of the conventional gas stripping. Solvent stripping allows to obtain much higher glycol purities than gas stripping (up to 99.998 wt% instead of the typical 99.95 wt%) and consequently allows to get much larger water dew point depressions: up to 100°C (180°F) and even higher in some cases. The solvent required by the Drizo™ process is usually obtained from the BTEX present in the natural gas itself ...

  • SUPERFRAC® XT High Performance Trays

    The SUPERFRAC® tray family has been proven through more than 25 years of application in the most demanding fractionation, absorption, and stripping applications. Through sustained investment in research and development, Koch‐Glitsch continues to improve the performance of the SUPERFRAC tray to meet the future requirements of its customers.   Koch‐Glitsch’s most recent development is the SUPERFRAC® XT tray, which applies our combined hydraulic, separation, ...

  • Signal: Total silicon analysis as low as 0.65 ppm

    From gasoline to ethanol and toluene, Signal® delivers total silicon analysis. Powered by MWDXRF®, Signal is a robust analysis solution for demanding petroleum and industrial environments.

  • Sulfuric acid alkylation technical services

    Maximise the performance of your alkylation unit. As the world leader in sulfuric acid alkylation, DuPont has extensive experience and know-how that can support your alkylation unit, either on an as needed or ongoing basis. Whether it’s troubleshooting, optimizing operations, supporting maintenance, turnaround consulting, training, improving technology, debottlenecking or revamping a unit, our team can add significant value to your plant operations. DuPont has demonstrated ...

  • Hyperion™

    Bulk level and density measurement. Designed using innovative scintillator-based technology, Hyperion™ is a non-contact, no moving parts measurement solution that provides accurate and extremely reliable bulk level and density measurements. This enables operators in the oil, gas, petrochemical, refining, pulp and paper and mining industries to solve the most challenging process measurement and control problems. Key features • Self-diagnostics • Repeatable and accurate ...

  • ACHIEVE® FCC Catalysts

    Grace is expanding its portfolio of catalysts to address the current market challenges, in particular to lower slurry yield to take advantage of distillate crack spreads as well as to address the trend towards increased residue and opportunity crude processing. Grace has developed new technologies through extensive Grace R&D program that addressed the octane debits encountered by North American refiners processing tight oil. This R&D program resulted in advances to ...

  • InFocus™ Unit Monitoring Tool could have helped avoid up to 40% reduction in catalyst life

    Challenge: Avoiding shutdowns by detecting impact to changes in sulfur specification. A major diesel producer on a 36-month catalyst changeout cycle runs a hydrotreater with a target product sulfur specification of 8 wppm. Typical operation variability routinely leads to over-treating product sulfur by 2 wppm. The diesel producer expects that the over-treating of the diesel hydrotreater product sulfur by 2 wppm has a negligible impact on cycle length, so no objections are raised ...

  • ResidCrackeR™ 4G

    ResidCrackeR™ 4G is the latest generation of Grace’s coke selective bottoms cracking ResidCrackeR™ catalyst family for residue FCC feed applications. ResidCrackeR™ 4G is an extension of the ResidCrackeR™ catalyst family, a component of the EnhanceR™ technology platform, which is the market leader in the EMEA region. ResidCrackeR™ 4G incorporates new technologies that were developed during the extensive Grace R&D program that was ...

  • How to achieve operational excellence with safe and profitable operating windows

    (Webinar) - Plant of the Future’ is making headway towards operational excellence using technologies that enable safe and efficient operations to improve your bottom line and reduce OPEX expenses. Operations Management provides the foundation needed to enable operations excellence. In this presentation, we’ll show you the tools we’ve designed to manage and control critical limits, shift handovers, and process deviations. You are going to learn: - How Honeywell Forge ...

  • Learn how to build refinery models quickly and easily to support your LP model

    In this webinar we will present refinery modelling workflows, features and functionalities, which showcase Honeywell Forge Process Simulation’ refinery-wide flow sheeting capabilities. These capabilities span the beginning-to-end design, use, and exporting results of a refinery model.   First, attendees will see how easy is to create a model from scratch utilizing our Process Simulation 'drag & drop' refining reactor templates. Finally, we will showcase the product ...

  • Ensuring business continuity in industrial operations

    Join this webinar to discover the multiple areas in your organization where Honeywell Forge can help ensure the reliability, efficiency, and safety of your refining operations. We will explore cases from asset performance management and process optimization to remote worker performance and competency solutions.   The new normal is here to stay. Uncertainty is the new name of the game; however, resilience should also be a key player. How are you ensuring the reliability, ...

  • A layered approach to achieving plant-wide optimization goals

    Join this webinar to discover the multiple areas in your organization where Honeywell Forge can help ensure the reliability, efficiency, and safety of your refining operations. We will explore cases from asset performance management and process optimization to remote worker performance and competency solutions.   The new normal is here to stay. Uncertainty is the new name of the game; however, resilience should also be a key player. How are you ensuring the reliability, ...

  • Driving machine learning through fundamental machinery diagnostics

    Join Honeywell’s APM specialist, Ben Berwick, as he discusses how Honeywell leverages Asset Performance Management technology to recognize the earliest onset of rotating machinery issues.   The rapid pace of predictive analytics, artificial intelligence and digital twins for industrial assets is proving revolutionary in how asset intensive organizations benefit from the actionable information provided by asset performance management (APM) software.  A key element ...

  • High-Performance Tail-Gas Treating

    Discover the benefits of applying the latest technology in modern, low-temperature Shell Claus offgas treating (SCOT™) units. See how next-generation, low-temperature SCOT catalysts can help extend cycle life, lower energy costs and ensure regulatory compliance, even with the most difficult feeds and conditions. In this webinar you will: • Learn why modern tail-gas treating units are being designed without an inline burner, and the impact this has on inlet temperatures ...

  • Digital Reliability: 24/7 Real-time Machinery Diagnostics

    Dynamics SPC discusses our turnkey solution we call COMPACS. COMPACS monitors the health of your equipment in real-time. We’ve spent close to three decades developing the system and technology. You will learn that what differentiates our solution from all others on the market is it employs a patented artificial intelligence allowing you to diagnose equipment defects several minutes, hours, even days prior to equipment failures.   We will provide examples of how COMPACS ...

  • Simplify crude assay importing in UniSim design by utilizing H/CAMS

    Haverly H/CAMS is the industry leading assay crude management software with over 2000 assays. Honeywell's UniSim Design software links to Haverly H/CAMS via a COM interface and allows you to import proprietary assays with just a few clicks. This functionality increases engineering effectiveness, eliminates the need for manual data entry, and makes it easier to model crude storage facilities and refining processes. Presenters: Jagdish Rachh - Honeywell David Alexander - Haverly Moderator: Ken ...

  • Intelligently predict and manage sour water corrosion in refinery applications

    One of the primary concerns in refinery operations, especially when processing sour crudes, is management and mitigation of NH4HS (Sour Water) corrosion in hydrocrackers, hydrotreaters, FCC and other unit circuits. Honeywell's Predict-SW software, a byproduct of more than 15 years of intense Joint Industry Project (JIP) research, provides an easy to use framework to quantify NH4HS corrosion as a function of key process parameters across the refinery value chain for commonly used ...

  • Understanding the financial impact of a collapsed flue gas tunnel in your SMR

    The overall influence of tunnels on the flue gas flow in a steam methane reformer has been modeled and documented, and the concept that running a reformer without tunnels can decrease overall efficiency is well understood in the industry. The study detailed in this webinar focuses on the effects of operating a reformer after removing just a single tunnel, leaving the rest in place. The resultant flue gas flow field is analyzed by looking at temperature profiles, residence time ...

  • Maximising naphtha through hydrocracking: Refinery of the future

    Globally the demand for petrochemicals is increasing at rates nearly 1.5 times GDP. In regions where there is a heavy investment in large-scale para-xylene capacity there is a significant demand for naphtha. However not all naphtha is suitable to produce aromatics. Heavy naphtha is required, but it is in limited supply.   This is where the Honeywell UOP UnicrackingTM process becomes the key enabler to petrochemical production. By installing one, or a combination of Unicracking ...

  • Intelligently predict and prevent corrosion across your operations

    Learn how the fight against corrosion never stops - it is a fact of life every day across Oil & Gas, Refining and Pipeline operations, what-if you could have insight into real-time corrosion rates in your process?  Honeywell Predict® Corrosion Suite provides the next generation of corrosion management solutions, intelligent software providing real time corrosion quantification. Unlike conventional corrosion management methods, unique prediction models are employed ...

  • From hydrogen production to sulphur recovery - let ceramics pave the way

    Learn how to boost the reliability and performance of your hydrogen production and sulphur recovery plants through the deployment of Blasch’s proven ceramic systems. Benefits include: • Higher plant reliability and much longer run-lengths • 60 -90% faster installation times • Capacity increase • Annual energy savings of several hundred thousand dollars for SRUs • Lower emissions   Flue gas tunnels in Steam Methane Reformers warp and fail causing non ...

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