Vic Scalco - General Atomics
The refining and petrochemical industries are facing a variety of opportunities and challenges in with the implementation of IMO 2020. It will become more difficult to operate with opportunistic heavier crude slates. More importantly, the enforcement of Sulfur reduction will effect market demand supply making the innovation of old processes to become a new. Historically Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) and the increasingly desired technology of Resid Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (RFCC) have been the main process to upgrade low-value feedstocks to higher-value products. In the advanced refining industry today, technology invented over 50 years ago can be tailored by licensors to drive for higher propylene yields while meeting the requirements of IMO 2020. The modern FCC/RFCC can be designed to drive for higher propylene yield to increase profits and the bottom line of most refineries. Another benefit from the increase in higher profitable yields is a reduction in the lower less profitable products like slurry. As it is a benefit to the refiner to increase yields the issue of fines control and separation of solids in concentrated slurry now can be a greater challenge. This paper looks at a synergy of these topics and a solution to a greater Bottom Line in the Bottom of the Barrel.