Argentine refinery becomes an unleaded gasoline exporter

YPF used to make lead in a building on this lawn until the HF alkylation unit in the background made leaded gasoline obsolete. In 1996, Yacimentos Petroliferos Fiscales SA (YPF) invested nearly $30 million in its Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, refinery to build an isomerization and an alkylation unit. The Hydrisom and hydrofluoric acid (HF) alkylation processes, licensed by Phillips Petroleum Co., make the Lujan de Cuyo refinery an exporter of unleaded gasoline. According to YPF, its Lujan de Cuyo refinery has a processing capacity of 120,000 b/cd, the second largest of three YPF refineries in Argentina. Because of the refinery's proximity to significa...

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