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Capturing Maximum Value with Tight Oils in the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Unit

Tight oil production has changed the refining landscape for major portions of the United States and market forecasts show dramatic changes in the international refining community as tight oil production rates continue to ramp up. FCC's at refineries processing tight oil have seen serious operating changes, and choice of catalyst and overall catalyst management strategy is a critical factor in achieving successful optimization. BASF is the market leader in supplying FCC catalysts to refineries processing tight oil. In general, tight oil FCC feeds are light, paraffinic, have low contaminants, and are low in resid content. Typical challenges facing FCC’s processing these crudes include: high amounts of LPG, maintaining stable heat balance, higher alkali metals, increased iron loadings, and reduced feed rates. This webinar will illustrate how BASF is helping our customers capture maximum value with tight oil feeds through operating strategies, innovative catalysts and our strong commitment to technical service. We have a diverse catalyst portfolio that can provide the flexibility required to help solve these problems including high activity, optimum delta coke and high iron tolerance.
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