Refiners' Sulfur Dilemma: Phillips sulfur-removal process nears commercialization

Phillips's S Zorb sulfur removal plant at the company's Borger, Tex., refinery is designed to process 6,000 b/d of gasoline to 10 ppm sulfur to meet the refinery's requirements. The technology uses a novel sorbent to remove sulfur from hydrocarbon molecules in either gasoline or diesel. Photo courtesy of Phillips Petroleum Co.Click here to enlarge imageCommercialization earlier this year of Phillips Petroleum Co.'s S Zorb sulfur-removal technology at the company's Borger, Tex., refinery represented a major step forward for the process. The vertical start-up-from first feed to capacity production-was effected within 72 hr, and the high throughput of the unit at the re...

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