TECHNOLOGY New process removes inorganic chlorides from reformate

Ed Alverson, Andrew J. MullenixPetrolite Corp. Houston A new process for continuous removal of inorganic chloride from reformate in catalytic reformers has proven effective in pilot plant testing. The process consists of washing unstabilized reformate with an aqueous phase to remove chloride compounds, then separating the aqueous phase using patented distillate-treating technology. Field pilot tests have demonstrated removals of down to 0.024 ppm(wt) Cl-. Problems revealed Continuous catalyst-regeneration reformers represent the peak of reforming technology. Of all reforming processes, these units come closest to providing a continuous, constant-quality process for the production o...

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