Study outlines US refiners’ options to reduce gasoline benzene levels

A recent study examined the effects of new benzene requirements in US gasoline and refiners’ options for best meeting them. How best to meet the new benzene requirements for all US gasoline depends on the refinery’s configuration, gasoline markets, whether blending ethanol or not, and on hydrogen availability.For most refiners, benzene reduction will be a compliance issue. A refiner must choose and implement a solution that provides the best value, which will often be the low-cost option.Solutions will be refinery-specific and determined by the current refinery configuration, the type of reforming unit, the amount of benzene contributed from other blendstocks, amount of ethano...

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