Alkylation provides option to monetize butane surplus

08/05/2013
Eric Ye DuPont Sustainable Solutions Wilmington, Del. Daniel Lippe Petral Consulting Houston Based on a presentation to the 2013 AFPM Annual Meeting, Mar. 17-19, 2013, San Antonio. The rapid growth of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in shale and tight rock formations has not only created a surge in North American natural gas and light oil production, but also has boosted NGL production. While lighter NGL fractions such as ethane and propane will likely be snatched up by light-olefin producers or export markets, the supply of heavier components such as normal butane will outpace demand. This article presents how refiners, using alkylation, can improve profitability by conve...
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