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What to do with the Resulting Pitch Stream

Presented By

Marvin Petit-Homme - IPCO LLC


What to do with the Resulting Pitch StreamAs global environmental legislation becomes more stringent, refiners are increasingly looking towards Residue Upgrading Technologies to produce more value-added fuels.

Solvent Deasphalting is playing a critical role in many Heavy Oil Upgrading Technologies. The question of what to do with the resulting pitch stream from the SDA unit is frequently asked by refiners and licensors.

This presentation describes a process to solidify the carbon-rich pitch from the SDA unit. The solidified particle(s) can be used as either solid fuel or sold as an industrial value-added product.

An overview of the solidification process will be provided, followed by a discussion on the ideal physical properties of the liquid residue stream for this process. The paper will address different technologies to produce particles such as pastilles (pellets) or flakes. The advantages and disadvantages of either particle form will also be discussed. This presentation will provide an overview of the required process conditions, utilities required and plot plan required for the process.

Marvin Petit-HommeMarvin Petit-Homme is the Manager of Residual Products for IPCO, LLC and is based in Totowa, New Jersey. Marvin has been employed with IPCO for more than 25 years. During his tenure at IPCO, Marvin has worked on several domestic and international capital projects in the Petroleum, Petrochemical and Specialty Chemical industries. 

The solutions offered by IPCO and Marvin’s area of expertise deal with the granulation of chemicals from the melt phase into a free-flowing solid form. The solutions also include the effective handling and storage of the solid particles. Marvin has worked with several leaders in the Downstream Industry to develop effective solutions to manage asphaltene / pitch streams from various bottom of the barrel upgrading technologies. 

Marvin is a Chemical Engineer. Prior to joining IPCO he worked in designing various unit operations in the Flavors & Fragrance industry. 

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