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Bottom of the Barrel Conversions: What Does the Future Hold?

Presented By

Nicola Knight - KBC (a Yokogawa Company)


Bottom of the barrel options for oil refining

Bottom of the barrel options for oil refining

The world crude oil qualities and demands are constantly changing. Today, sweet crude is far more abundant than it was 10 years ago. This offers a short-term benefit but it’s not yet clear if there will be a long-term gain. The anticipated IMO2020 impact will likely widen the sweet-to-sour crude differential and those who can process more heavy sour will make a profit while those who can only process sweet will be pinched.

The markets will adjust, and prices reflect IMO2020 desired reality, only if compliance is strong. Reviewing major market acceptance, insurance, technology and tracking/enforcement for indications of a fairly compliant industry.

The presentation considers how increasing hydro-processing, conversion, and maximum value lift has major capital investment risks; Carbon rejection, the most often considered pathway for bottoms management, is under further pressure of CO2 reductions; and how hydrogen addition and other emerging technologies need to be sufficiently mature to offer a viable alternative.

Examining raw material to the finished product as part of the value chain optimization is seeing choices emerging. Major factors for decisions moving forward include cost, reliability of technology, and the disposition of the coke. However, any successful approach will require industry to become more efficient, have a need to focus on achieving reduced variable costs as well as energy efficiency.

Nicola Knight, KBC

Nicola Knight, KBC

Nicola has more than 25 years of oil industry experience, with a technical speciality in identification and implementation of sustainable energy efficiency improvements. She is an experienced consultant who delivers practical and implementable solutions covering both technical and organizational aspects of refinery operation. Nicola is currently the Operations Manager responsible for the execution of all KBC consulting projects in the region.

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