Worldwide Refining OGJ SPECIAL Asia/Pacific refineries spark growth in conversion capacity

Anne K. Rhodes Refining/Petrochemical Editor Fluid catalytic cracking showed the greatest worldwide capacity increase among refining processes downstream of the crude unit. Shown here is Marathon Oil Co.s 32,000 b/d FCC unit at Texas City, Tex. Led by refiners in the Asia/Pacific region, worldwide capacity for conversion processes, such as fluid catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, and coking, increased at a faster pace this year than did crude oil distillation capacity. Crude capacity showed only a small gain of 0.4% to 74.5 million b/d according to the Journals most recent survey of refining capacity. The refining survey, which begins on p. 47, reflects refinery capabilities as o...

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