Special Report: Extraction route economical for benzene reduction, even for smaller US refiners

A recent study quantified the economic incentive for extraction vs. saturation to lower the amount of benzene in a typical US refinery gasoline product. Benzene saturation and extraction are two viable and proven routes available to refiners for complying with the pending benzene limits for US gasoline.The study, conducted by Turner, Mason & Co., Dallas, found that, although the extraction route has many complexities compared with saturation, it is economical for many refiners, even smaller ones.Creative solutions such as regional extraction facilities can overcome real and perceived hurdles allowing smaller refineries the opportunity to participate in the potential economic reward fr...

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