Spanish refinery takes precautions in alky-unit design

BP started up a new HF alkylation plant in its Castellón, Spain, refinery in February 2000. The catalyst and hydrocarbon contents of the unit can be emptied into a secure storage vessel under the reactor settler tower in the event of any leak. Photo courtesy of Phillips Petroleum Co.Click here to enlarge imageIn February 2000, BP 's Castellón, Spain, refinery commissioned a new hydrofluoric acid (HF) alkylation unit, employing Phillips Petroleum Co.'s HF alkylation process. The 3,500-b/sd alkylation unit was part of a $36.8-million project to make clean-burning, high octane gasoline.Both Phillips and BP took care to design a unit that safely manages the strong acid...

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