Thursday October 16th, 2014 at 10AM CDT, 11AM EDT

During this webinar, Terry Higgins from Stratas Advisors and Alexis Shackleford from BASF will discuss the impact crude slates and market trends have on FCC operations and catalysts needs globally. Today, crude slates are shifting towards heavier oils such as Canadian Oils Sands, and at the same time towards light Tight Oils. The market demand for diesel over gasoline and the increasing demand for petrochemical feedstock further challenges refiners to be flexible. As a key conversion unit, the FCC operations and catalyst must be adaptable to maximize profitability in today’s environment. Examples of how BASF’s diverse catalyst portfolio can be customized to meet the current and future challenges of the market place will also be explored.

Presented by:

Terry Higgins

Terry Higgins is the Executive Director of Refining and Special Studies for Stratas Advisors (formerly known as Hart Energy Research and Consulting). He manages Hart’s crude, refining and refined product analysis and consulting, including the World Refining & Fuels Service. He has over 40 years of experience in the refining industry, including 15 years as the Technical Director of the National petrochemical & Refiners Association (now AFPM). He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering.
Alexis Shackleford is the Technical Marketing Specialist for BASF. She is involved in FCC catalyst publications, presentations, and new product introduction, and has provided FCC technical service and R&D testing support. She joined BASF’s Refining catalyst division in 2009. Prior to BASF, Alexis worked at Shell Oil Company’s Deer Park Refinery for three years as a process engineer in various roles supporting Projects and Operations. Alexis has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.


Stephany Romanow

Editor, Hydrocarbon Processing

The lobby will open 15 minutes prior to the event start time: Wednesday, October 16, 2014 at 10am CDT, 11am EDT.
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