FSU refiners to build more isom capacity

The isomerization process is playing a significant role for refiners in the FSU as they try to maintain gasoline pool octane and comply with more stringent gasoline pool requirements. This article discusses current isomerization capacity in the FSU and refiners’ plans to build new capacity.In the FSU, as well as globally, the requirements for motor gasoline are becoming more and more stringent. New standards exclude the use of lead; reduce levels of benzene, sulfur, unsaturated hydrocarbons, and total aromatics; include limitations on oxygenate content; reduce saturated vapor pressure; and control fraction composition.Such trends significantly affect the methods refiners use to prod...

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