Residue Hydrotreating
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Pre-Treat Residues for Downstream Conversion

American Oil & Gas Process removes sulfur, nitrogen, organometallics, and asphaltenes from atmospheric/vacuum reduced crudes or other heavy oil streams.

Originally developed for low sulfur fuel oil production, the technology in recent years has also been used as pretreatment for downstream conversion processes, most typically resid catalytic cracking like the Process. Key to these downstream catalytic conversion processes are metals reduction and asphaltene/con carbon reduction, parameters that dictate conversion unit catalyst cost. We has long experience in designing “black oil” units as was the first licensor to commercialize residue hydrotreating.

The RCD Unionfining process is a fixed-bed catalytic hydrotreating process,combining unique process design parameters with Albemarle’s state-of-the-art residue hydrotreating catalysts. A selection of different catalysts are employed to favor demetallization at the front of the catalyst section and desulfurization as the bed progresses. The process can be applied to a wide variety of heavy oil streams with feed quality and product objectives setting operating conditions and catalyst volumes.

American Oil & Gas’s value goes beyond the RCD Unionfining unit itself. We provide solutions for the integration of the hydrotreating unit with your downstream conversion unit, optimizing your profit potential. We also offer unique hydrogen management capabilities that can minimize your hydrogen production costs.

We specialists show you how our RCD Unionfining solution can fit into your overall residue/heavy oil upgrading strategy.