Athabasca oilsands produce quality diesel and jet fuels

A study by Syncrude Canada Ltd.'s Edmonton Research Center revealed that when appropriate processes and distillation boiling ranges are selected, Athabasca oilsands bitumen can produce diesel and jet fuels that meet stringent environmental regulations.The research center evaluated narrow fractions of light gas oils (LGOs), obtained from various upgrading processes of Athabasca oilsands bitumen. The study investigated the relationships among the boiling range, smoke point, cetane number (CN), and other properties such as aromatics, aniline point, and sulfur and nitrogen content.The study also evaluated blending rules of CN. Earlier equations to predict CN apply to full boiling range bi...

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