Are you getting everything you can from your FCCU?
Your refinery has unique economics depending on your crude selection, processing and equipment capabilities. Local market product values and other economic drivers evolve over time giving rise to opportunities to improve profitability. Since the CatCracker is one of the most versatile units in the refinery because it accepts a variety of feedstocks and can produce multiple, diverse products, it offers increased opportunities. Typically opportunities include improving unit reliability, increasing capacity, processing lower-cost heavier feeds and changing product yields, but there’s more to discover.
You Will Learn
The course explains the new technologies available for enhancing your unit, operating optimization and flexibility modes from process variable effects. It includes workshop/discussions on unit operating effects from potential revamp scenarios, and an overall scope on potential revamp effects on the overall FCC complex.
- Brief background review of FCC Processes, basic equipment, feedstocks, and catalysts
- Discovery of Potential FCC Opportunities
- Maximizing Heavy Feeds
- Severe Hydrotreated Gas Oils
- Light Feeds, Naphtha Cracking
- Evaluation of High Severity Strategy for Petrochemicals
- High Severity with Recovery Side Effects
- FCCU & Petrochemical Integration
- Revamp Opportunities Beyond Typical Convertor (Rx. & Regen) Enhancements and Catalyst Adjustments
- Main Column Fractionation improvements
- Recovery Section
- Unit Operating Optimization and Flexibility Modes (pre & post revamp)
Who Should Attend
Personnel involved in refinery process engineering, plant operations, and technical service. Process engineers from design and construction companies as well as those providing services to the petroleum refining industry should also find this program beneficial. Managers, Operations and Executive Engineers, Process and Mechanical Implementation Team Members. FCC equipment and process licensors, and service providers who want a better understanding of the FCC opportunities can also benefit.
An understanding of refining processes and petroleum refinery terminology is expected, having some experience with the FCC unit is presumed.
Christopher F. Dean is an independent consultant with over 40 years in the refining business with an emphasis on High Olefin Fluid Catalytic Cracking (HOFCC) with petrochemical integration. His worldwide refining background includes the development and commercialization project of the High Severity-FCC Process both as a viable process and enhancements to existing FCC units for producing light olefins from heavy oils and naphtha, the development of the PetroRabigh integrated refinery and petrochemical joint venture complex, catalyst technical service in Europe and the US, process engineering, design and unit operations on a variety of refinery units with several refineries in the U.S., the Caribbean and the Middle East. He also initiated research and commercialization studies in catalytic naphtha cracking utilizing the HS-FCC downer reactor technology.
He has published over 40 papers and articles in technical journals, seminars, and conferences. He was recently granted patents on fluidized catalytic cracking of paraffinic naphtha in a downflow reactor and utilizing a downflow reactor as a revamp to existing FCC units for cracking heavy oil to produce propylene. He also has several patents on FCC gasoline desulfurization and a pending patent on cracking naphtha as a revamp to existing FCC units.
Chris is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BSChE and has completed graduate course work in Business Management, Finance, and Marketing.
He is the founder and principal consultant for High Olefins FCC Technology Services LLC.