Special Report: Saudi Aramco outlines FCC catalyst evaluation method

Click here to enlarge imageThis article presents how Saudi Aramco evaluates the performance of selected fluid catalytic cracking catalysts and compares this performance with vendor projections in terms of gasoline yield, research octane number, and gasoline sulfur content.The article describes Aramco’s FCC catalyst evaluation process for its Jeddah refinery; results for each catalyst vendors’ projections were revalidated with a microactivity test (MAT).Based on an economic comparison and technical evaluation during the initial catalysts testing phase, we anticipated that the selected catalyst would meet the refinery’s objectives of producing gasoline with highest yield...

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