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ACTION® FCC catalysts

Raising the octane value of FCC gasoline with minimal loss of volume. Taking advantage of new zeolite technology. The chances are that raising the octane level of the gasoline produced in your FCC unit is high on your agenda. Octane has become a key issue for many refiners with the advent of more-efficient car engines; the almost worldwide ban on the use of lead as a gasoline additive; and continuing pressure on octane blending components.

The problem is compounded by the drive to ever-lower sulfur specifications, as most of the post-treatments designed to remove sulfur from gasoline inevitably also reduce its octane.

Help is available in the form of alkylation and isomerization processes that yield clean, high-octane gasoline blend stocks. And, staying with the FCC process, which is still the mainstay of gasoline production, ZSM-5 catalyst additives are available with the proven ability to generate octane.

But we thought there was more that could be done – you could say we issued a call for ACTION.

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PROvantage™

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UPGRADER™ and UPGRADER R+

Improve your FCC unit’s residue feedstock processing and profitability. Unprecedented upgrading of residue in FCC. FCC units using conventional FCC catalysts are severely limited when diffusion constraints control conversion and bottoms upgrading, for example, in heavy-feed and/or short-contact-time ...


LRT FCC catalysts

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UPGRADER™ T and AMBER™ T - meeting the tight oil challenge

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SMOOTHFLOW™ FCC additive

SMOOTHFLOW from Albemarle offers a solution to FCC unit fluidization and circulation problems. Fluidization problems sometimes begin suddenly, often as the result of an unexpected process upset causing significant catalyst losses and possibly mechanical damage inside the unit. The finest catalyst particles ...


SOxMASTER-2™

Optimal SOx reduction without rare earth for partial- and full-burn units. SOx reduction additives are designed to capture and remove the oxidized sulfur compounds present in the FCC unit regenerator and release them in the FCC riser. On release, the sulfur exits the FCC unit as hydrogen sulfide along ...


Quantifying FCC gasoline sulfur reduction

Refiners everywhere have to comply with government-mandated fuel specifications, in particular dramatically lower gasoline sulfur levels. While post-treating remains an option, the associated octane loss creates additional constraints for refiners, particularly those who are hydrogen limited. Regardless ...


Quantifying FCC catalyst accessibility

Accessibility is related to the mass-transfer characteristics of an FCC catalyst. Albemarle has developed a quantitative laboratory test that measures the accessibility of FCC catalyst particles: the first such measurement in the history of FCC. This test has dramatically altered the way refiners select ...


OptiFuel™ technology and Albemarle coker additives

Reduced coke yield and increased operating flexibility. For many years, delayed coking units have played an important role in oil refineries as one of the most cost effective processes to convert vacuum residue into more valuable products. The delayed coking yields are the result of thermal reactions ...


DuraSOx™

Highly attrition-resistant SOx reduction additive without performance compromise. DuraSOx SOx reduction additive is the culmination of intensive development work focusing on obtaining the most attrition-resistant Sox additive on the market without any performance compromises. It follows in the footsteps ...