80 Processing of Unconventional Light Crudes

Tuesday, April 12, 2016: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
342 (Hilton Americas - Houston)

Processing of unconventional light crudes offers many challenges to refiners from their crude trains down through naphtha and heavy oil processing sections of their refineries. Due to the high content of lighter hydrocarbon fractions in Light Tight Oil (LTO), Naphtha processing units are being pushed beyond design capacities while heavy oil processing sections may be underutilized causing operational inefficiencies and problems with heat exchange networks. Many refiners are reluctant to make large investments in their naphtha processing capabilities due to uncertainties in future supply and pricing of LTO. This session will focus on the impacts of increased LTO processing on plant operation and economics, as well as debottlenecking opportunities to allow processing of additional LTO.

Topical 7: 19th Topical on Refinery Processing
David Shecterle Email: david.shecterle@uop.com
Francesco Coletti Email: f.coletti@hexxcell.com
Mark W. Lockhart Email: mlockhart@burnsmcd.com
- indicates paper has an Extended Abstract file available on the online proceeding.

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8:00 AM
(80a) Naphtha Processing Solutions for North American Crude Blends
Laura E. Leonard, Mary J. Wier and David Shecterle