Awash in a sea of sulfur

Although it has been a financial burden on the refining industry, everyone agrees that lower sulfur in refined products has environmental benefits. There is, however, a potential problem on the horizon that has received nearly no attention: what to do with all the excess sulfur that is produced?At the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association's annual meeting in San Antonio last month, Robert Morris, president of the Sulphur Institute, Washington DC, outlined the extent of the problem that the oil industry could face during the next 10 years."Failure to respond now to an increasing surplus could mean costly disposal of recovered sulfur, refinery disruptions, and even possibly refi...

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