RefComm Galveston 2015
This year we add the Shale Hall
The incredible rising North American crude production, from the ultra-light sweet shale plays and heavy oil sands has created massive volumes of crude with qualities not particularly suited for many refineries. This has created blending opportunities and challenges to make palatable mid-grade crudes from the “dumbbell” crudes consisting mainly of light material and heavy material.
In the Coking.com Hall
Delayed coking unit (DCU) upgrades come ahead of major changes to fuel oil demand beyond 2015 as sulfur emission limits are tightened to less than 0.1 wt% in designated areas of Europe and North America. Even more so, it is estimated that as much as 18.8 million metric tons of annual demand for low-sulfur fuel oil may shift into marine gas oil (MGO) at the same time that thermal conversion technology, particularly DCUs, will be configured to convert more heavy ends to distillate range products.
In the CatCracking.com Hall
Integrated with other catalytic conversion units, such as hydrocrackers, cat cracking units are being upgraded to meet future demand for high quality fuels, such as Euro-5 diesel, multiple grades of aviation fuel and petrochemical feedstock, including propylene. Unit control and operating methodology is changing for both grassroots and retrofitted FCC projects targeting superior yields, reliable operations, and flexibility for processing VGO and resid feedstocks.