U.S. REFINERS MOVE INTO ANOTHER CHALLENGING TECHNICAL ERA

John R. Hall Ashland Oil Inc. Ashland, Ky. With the transition to unleaded gasoline scarcely behind us, another new era is dawning for the U.S. refiner. No one yet knows the exact configuration of the refinery of the future and no two refineries are likely to adapt in exactly the same way. What is certain, however, is that by the year 2000, refineries will be more technologically advanced, their products will be more environmentally acceptable, and their operators will be more highly trained.

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