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FCC gasoline desulfurisation new findings for 21st century performance
FCC gasoline desulfurization has been a “black box” process to most refiners. This means most operators have little understanding of the reactions happening in the process. This is not how things should be, considering the critical importance of this process for making clean gasoline. Hoekstra Trading has completed a 2-year multi-client pilot plant study to help refiners achieve 21st century performance. The study involved 1) comparing competitive catalysts, 2) revealing the detailed chemistry of the process 3) doing commercial field trials, 4) studying the effects of feedstock changes and 5) developing a process model that enables better unit optimization, refinery optimization, and capital investment decisions. This was a shared-cost program, meaning the results are available immediately to anyone at a small fraction of the total program cost.