German refiner debottlenecks diesel hydrotreaters for new sulfur specs

Bayernoil Raffineriegesellschaft mbH successfully revamped two of its three diesel hydrotreaters in preparation for Germany's introduction of ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD), that is, diesel with a sulfur content of less than 50 ppm (wt), in November 2001.Bayernoil, a joint venture of BP plc, Agip SPA, Veba Oil Refining & Petrochemicals GmbH, and Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), operates three refineries in Bavaria, Germany. Based on the success of these two revamp projects, Bayernoil is evaluating options to revamp its third hydrotreater to produce 10 ppm(wt) diesel.Test run data show that the revamps were economically and functionally successful. The revamps improved the des...

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