Effectively dealing with the bottom of the barrel is high on the refining industry’s agenda for several reasons. Crude oil feedstocks are becoming heavier, which is making lighter crudes more expensive. Environmental pressures are undermining the market for heavy fuel oil. In addition, the demand for clean transportation fuels is growing.

There are several processes available to refiners seeking an upgrading solution. One of them is ebullated bed residue hydrocracking. It has many advantages over thermal technologies such as delayed coking, but getting the most out of the process is not easy. Effective use of catalysts is the key to success.

Choosing the best catalysts to function under the specific conditions prevailing in ebullated bed or fixed bed residue upgrading units requires considerable understanding. Shell Catalysts & Technologies prioritises partnering with refineries and operators include deep diagnosis and holistic auditing of processes, results, and goals. This helps refiners make the most informed and effective residue upgrading catalyst and solution mix.

Supervisor checks the well bay while leveraging residue upgrading catalysts.

Using Owner-Operator Expertise to Meet Clean Fuel Demand

The demand for clean fuels continues to grow and bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading is a critical process to fulfill that growing demand. Shell Catalysts & Technologies prioritises partnering with refineries to provide a deep diagnosis and holistic auditing of processes and results This helps refiners make the most informed and effective residue upgrading catalyst and solution mix.

Distillate Hydrotreating

Distillate hydrotreating can help refiners achieve complex demands set out by clean fuels legislation through effective hydrodesulphurisation (HDS).

FCC Pretreat Catalysts

FCC Pretreat catalysts and unit designs help refiners develop solutions that will maximise their facility’s profitability within their specific constraints.