Worldwide Catalyst Report: Refiners' hydroprocessing needs drive catalyst portfolio change

If necessity is the mother of invention, then looming reformulated motor fuel regulations in the form of low sulfur specifications create the necessity for the invention of, among other things, new and creative desulfurization technologies. This in turn compels catalyst suppliers to change their product portfolio to compliment emerging desulfurization engineering. Rising to the challenge, catalyst companies are releasing state-of-the-art hydroprocessing catalysts. Hydrotreating units historically processed fairly sweet crudes. Hydrorefining, on the other hand, referred to more severe operating conditions used to remove heavy contaminants. Today, more stringent regulations and a shift towa...

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