Neste Oil implementing Headwaters HCAT heavy oil upgrading technology at Porvoo Refinery
19 January 2011
Neste Oil Corporations Porvoo Refinery has become the first refinery to commercially implement Headwaters HCAT heavy oil upgrading technology. (Earlier post.)
Following a lengthy evaluation of the technology, Neste Oil confirmed their intent to utilize the technology on an on-going commercial basis. The Notice of Intent issued by Neste triggers implementation of the technology commercially and requires that the catalyst used in conjunction with the technology be purchased from HTI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Headwaters.
Headwaters HCAT technology improves catalytic residue hydrocracking, creating the possibility of higher residue conversion to lighter transportation fuels such as diesel and gasoline. HCAT is a proprietary technology in which a liquid precursor is introduced with the bottom-of-the-barrel residual feedstock, generating a highly active molecular catalyst which improves the performance of existing ebullated bed upgrading units. Process enhancements reported by Neste Oil include higher residue conversion and less fouling of downstream equipment.
Having the Neste Oil facility as a commercial reference has generated interest from around the world in adding HCAT to ebullated bed upgraders. With more than 500,000 barrels of heavy oil processed in these upgraders every day, and at least 200,000 BPD of additional capacity to be added by 2014, there is a very substantial market for the HCAT additive technology. [align=right]Jeff Gendler, Vice President of sales at HTI