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Economic route to process challenged and opportunistic crudes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000217751D
Publication Date: 2012-May-10
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TOPIC 1: Economic route to process challenged and opportunistic crudes

Abstract

As crude prices increase so does the cost for Refiners to bring in feed to process at the refinery. Moreover, natural gas switch could also adversely affect fuel oil prices and thereby weaken the economics of refiners with limited fuel oil outlet. These are major factors driving refiners to look at ways to improve their economics by considering more difficult but less expensive crudes and by processing "deeper".

In order to achieve this goal, most of the refineries will need to install new units using either carbon rejection or / and hydrogen addition technologies to convert fuel oil into more valuable products. With coke disposal being a problem for certain refiners and the high cost of hydrogen consumption becoming an increasing burden, refiners often wonder what other processing alternatives they may have.

KBR will discuss in this paper new ideas for converting material which normally goes to fuel oil into valuable products through a combination of bottom of the barrel solutions. The combination will also, in most cases, allow refineries to move to heavier and less expensive crude oil slate. The paper will also show that this new approach provides a better alternative to the refineries than the traditional carbon rejection or hydrogen addition schemes.