Philippine refiner completes diesel desulfurization project

Samuel S. Candido, Elino V. Crisostomo Petron Corp. Manila In anticipation of tightening sulfur specifications on diesel fuel, Petron Corp. built a new 18,000 b/sd gas oil desulfurization unit (GODU) at its refinery in Bataan, Philippines. The GODU gives Petron sufficient diesel oil desulfurization capacity to meet demand for lower-sulfur diesel in the country. The project places the refinery in a pacesetter position to comply with the Philippine government's moves to reduce air pollution, especially in urban centers, by reducing the sulfur specification for diesel to 0.5 wt % in 1996 from 0.7 wt % at the start of the project. Performance tests and initial operations of th...

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