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21-08-2018

BASF’s Luminate™ FCC catalyst helps refiners increase liquid product yields

BASF introduced Luminate™, a new generation of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalysts for gasoil refiners. The Luminate catalyst is tailored to deliver superior conversion while improving coke selectivity, which can help refineries maximize profitability. This is BASF’s first catalyst based on a new Improved Zeolite Y (IZY) technology.

Commercial trials in multiple FCC units showed that the catalyst delivers superior liquid product yields with lower delta coke.

“The Luminate catalyst is an innovative new addition to BASF’s advanced and industry-leading refinery catalysts portfolio,” said Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts at BASF. “Our customers who used Luminate during FCC refinery trials clearly saw what they were hoping for – lower delta coke and more of the valuable liquid products their customers need.”

“We have additional customers scheduled to begin using Luminate and we anticipate similarly positive results from those refineries,” said Jim Chirumbole, Vice President Refining Catalysts at BASF. “This innovation takes us a step further into the future by helping our refining customers around the world process gasoil, as well as hydrotreated and lighter feedstocks, more profitably.”

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