Syncrude upgrader revamp improves product quality

12/17/2007
As part of the Upgrading Expansion Stage 1 (UE-1) project completed in 2006, Syncrude Canada Ltd. revamped all existing five hydrotreaters and installed an additional diluent recovery unit, a fluid coker, and an aromatics saturation unit for light gas oil. The UE-1 project substantially increased production capacity and improved product quality, such as diesel cetane number and jet fuel smoke point.This article reviews Syncrude’s operations after the UE-1 revamp and presents a monitoring tool for diesel cetane number and jet fuel smoke point, and its application to the commercial plant.In the past, Syncrude distilled bitumen in two diluent recovery units and a vacuum distillation un...
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