Fouling of catalyst beds causes unwanted pressure drop increases that limit the performance of many hydroprocessing units. The resultant issues can include short run lengths, unplanned downtime costs, unused catalyst activity, increased maintenance and lost revenue. How long a run length should you expect? One year? Two years or more?
Experience-based solutions to help improve your operations and margin
Shell Global Solutions has successfully developed and implemented innovative techniques for identifying the causes of fouling and its abatement solutions to address a broad range of fouling issues across a wide variety of units. We can work with you to provide performance improvements for the following units:
- straight-run and coker naphtha hydrotreaters;
- distillate hydrotreaters with increased pressure drop after a unit upset or with a slow pressure drop build-up;
- catalytic feed hydrotreaters that process coker and synthetic crude feeds;
- residue hydrotreaters; and
A comprehensive approach to fouling abatement
Shell Global Solutions has developed a three-tiered approach to fouling abatement strategies, which can be tailored for your refinery operations. The fouling abatement team will help you to look behind the apparent issue to identify and address the root cause of fouling.