SPANISH REFINERY STARTS UP HF ALKY UNIT

Petroleos del Norte S.A. (Petronor) installed a new 5,050 b/sd HF alkylation unit this past April at its Somorrostro refinery in Bilbao, Spain (Fig. 1). Alkylate from the unit-designed by Phillips Petroleum Co.-has increased unleaded gasoline production by 10%. Petronor credits European Community (EC) regulations affecting gasoline production, plus government tax incentives, for stimulating an increased demand for lead-free premium and superpremium (95 RON) gasolines in EC countries. In Europe,

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