Refiners look to catalysts to improve operations

NPRA Q&A-2 Hydroprocessing, reforming, and light-oil processing catalysts drew heavy attention at the 1996 National Petroleum Refiners Association question and answer session on refining and petrochemical technology (Oct. 15-18, 1996, in Anaheim). This article is the second in a three-part series of excerpts from the 1996 NPRA Q&A transcript. It includes information on a variety of catalysts, including hydrotreating, hydrocracking, reforming, and light-ends processing types. The first article in this series featured discussions of fluid catalytic cracking unit operations (OGJ, Oct. 13, 1997, p. 50). The third will include portions of the transcript dealing with an imp...

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