Refinery feed, complexity determine investment for US fuel specs

The types of crudes processed and the complexity of a refinery will significantly impact the level of investment required to make new US fuels.US refiners face fuel-specification challenges associated with the potential phase out of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and lower sulfur requirements for gasoline and diesel at the beginning of the 21st century.Foster Wheeler USA Corp., Clinton, NJ, studied six different US refining scenarios to establish a better understanding of MTBE phase out, the mandatory reduction in gasoline sulfur, and the proposed reduction in diesel sulfur. Changes in crude diet, new process unit investment alternatives, and unit revamps are potential solutions.While...

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