Saudi Aramco converts Yanbu fixed-bed reformer into CCR

12/10/2007
Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco) successfully converted an existing 38,000 b/d fixed-bed reformer in its Yanbu refinery to continuous catalyst regeneration (CCR) operation. The revamped unit produces 75.5% platformate, which is a 100 RON clear (RONC) gasoline blending component.This conversion was a major capital project that improved the reformer unit’s reliability and efficiency by reducing the down time for catalyst regeneration. This unit conversion was the first revamped reformer-CCR unit for Saudi Aramco. The latest UOP LLC regeneration technology cycle max was used in this conversion.This article discusses the conversion of the Yanbu reformer to CCR service, the technolog...
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