US producing, exporting more slurry oil

10/04/2010
Based on a presentation to the Platts Bunker & Residual Fuel Oil Conference, New Orleans, June 23-24, 2010.Slurry oil is a heavy aromatic by-product of a refinery's fluid catalytic cracking unit that forms a small part of global fuel oil supply. Generally, it is mixed into heavy fuel oil as a viscosity cutter. Slurry oil's low API gravity, however, limits how much can be blended.The US has never been a heavy user of fuel oil and, in fact, produces more slurry oil than it can absorb. US Gulf Coast refiners and traders, in particular, must find outlets for excess slurry oil.The US carbon black industry has always used slurry oil as feedstock (CBFS), but Asian carbon black companies have...
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