Dennis W. Brinkman Safety-Kleen Corp. Elk Grove Village, III. Recent technology enhancements and a marketing decision to significantly increase volume throughput have combined to produce the next generation of used oil refineries. The first of these units is in full production in East Chicago, Ind. With a feedstock capacity of 75 million gal/year, or 4,890 b/d, it is believed to be the largest used oil refinery in the world. Fig. 1 shows the facility under construction. While most used lubricating oil is still blended and reprocessed into an industrial fuel, increasing pressures for resource c...

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