WHEN A REFINERY STOPS MAKING JP-4

A decision by the U.S. military to switch jet aircraft fuel is causing a problem for refiners. The military is replacing naphtha based JP 4 jet fuel with a less flammable kerosine based JP 8 to improve safety and compatibility with fuel used by commercial jet aircraft. Here's the problem for U.S. refiners: When JP 4 production is halted, kerosine from the crude distillation unit is used for jet fuel production, as before. But naphtha that formerly was used to produce JP 4 is sent to the

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