TECHNOLOGY Catalyst separation method reduces Platformer turnaround costs

Stephen R. Blashka, J. Gary Welch CRI International Inc. Houston Kelly Nite Fina Oil & Chemical Co. Port Arthur, Tex. Angelo P. Furfaro UOP Des Plaines, Ill. A catalyst separation technology that segregates catalyst particles by density has proved successful in recovering CCR (continuous catalyst regeneration) Platforming catalyst that had been contaminated with wheel catalyst. The technology, known as density grading, was developed by CRI International Inc. Fina Oil & Chemical Co. used density grading to recover heel-contaminated Platforming catalyst, resulting in a $300,000 savings. CCR Platforming UOPs CCR Platforming process converts naphtha to high-octane gasolin...

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