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.