Chinese refinery uses new catalyst to meet olefin regulations

In a 57-day commercial run at its Luoyang, China, refinery, Sinopec demonstrated a new fluid-catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) catalyst that reduced the olefins content of its refinery's gasoline to meet stricter transportation regulations.By adjusting some operating parameters and using this new catalyst, called GOR (Gasoline Olefin Reduction), Sinopec reduced the olefin content in its gasoline product by 14 vol % while maintaining the constant RON. Sinopec runs a 1.4 million tonne/year FCCU at its Luoyang, China, refinery. Photo courtesy of Sinopec (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imageThe FCCU in the Sinopec Luoyang refinery is a side-by-side, full riser, single-staged regeneration uni...

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