Anne K. Rhodes Refining/Petrochemical Editor Reported world crude capacity increased almost 1 million b/d, while conversion processes-fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), hydrocracking, coking-increased more than 1.7 million b/d or 8.3%, according to the journal's most recent survey of world refining capacity. As a measure of capacity growth in the past year, changes in distillation capacities (atmospheric plus vacuum) were calculated for three major refining regions. The year-to-year comparison indicates: For the U.S., an increase of 293,000 b/d, or 1.3% For the European Economic Community (E.E.C.), an incre...

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