European refiners to face environmental challenge

The European Commission has recently revised its Directive 88/609/EEC regarding the release of pollutants from large combustion plants. According to a report from Concawe, the revision "includes an important and fundamental change, in that it prescribes the upgrading of existing plants to meet the same requirements as new plants."1Concawe (Conservation of Clean Air & Water, Europe), Brussels, is a European organization representing oil companies' interests in environmental and health protection.The revision will limit the amount of sulfur in the fuels that European Union (EU) refiners use in their furnaces and other fired heaters. It will be especially difficult on refiners that use h...

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