US refiners need more hydrogen to satisfy future gasoline and diesel specifications

US Tier II fuel regulations (OGJ, Oct. 14, 2002, p. 20) represent a financial and logistical challenge to refiners and distributors because they place unprecedented sulfur limits on gasoline and diesel. The ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD) mandate comes less than 1 year after new nationwide sulfur standards for gasoline were finalized.Refiners will face financial and physical challenges to meet both gasoline and diesel standards. ULSD will be expensive.Refinery hydrogen will play an important role for refiners attempting to meet the more-stringent specifications. This article shows the results of a study conducted to determine the most economic means of meeting the new sulfur requirements.Th...

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