OFFICIAL GROUND-BREAKING of a 40,000 bpd BLACK & YELLOW WAX UPGRADE FACILITY TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN UTAH's OIL RICH, UINTA BASIN. PHASE ONE CALLS FOR AN INITIAL 2,000 bpd LP-FCC UNIT TO BE MADE OPERATIONAL SUMMER OF 2015
The Low Profile Fluid Catalytic Cracker (LP-FCC) is a state-of-the-art patented technology from FUELogistics and Process Innovators that was supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NICE3 Program, and the State of Utah, Office of Energy Services. The LP-FCC introduces the newest generation of process technologies specifically designed to tackle the difficult task of upgrading the heaviest and most viscous crudes such as the black and yellow wax commonly found in Utah’s Uintah Basin region.
The LP-FCC's low profile, multi-reactor design provides a cost effective solution that will give oil producers the relief they seek by substantially decreasing crude pour point, thereby making it easy to transport via pipeline, truck or rail without the expense and complexities of heating it. The upgraded crude will also empower producers to increase their production rate by allowing them the flexibility and freedom to exploit new markets for their premium crude. It will also deliver to downstream refineries an upgraded feed that is easier to refine into more valuable products, while maximizing product yield and reducing the feedstock that is converted to less useful products such as coke, heavy bottoms, and light fuel gases
Traditional Fluid Catalytic Cracker (FCC) technology is the heart-beat of most petroleum refineries throughout the world. The FCC operation converts the heaviest, low value portions of crude oil into motor fuels and other higher value products. FUELogistics' LP-FCC process and technology centers on optimizing the physical contact and operating conditions between the catalyst and oil in the catalytic cracking process. The unique and innovative reactor design of the LP-FCC allows refiners to have greater control over new and existing variables that are not currently available in conventional FCC units.
The LP-FCC incorporates advances such as short residence time, rapid disengaging, a high catalyst-to-oil ratio, and the matching of feed reactivity to catalyst activity. Its economical and cost cutting feature also removes the financial barrier-to-entry for even the smallest of oil processing operations, while its modular/portable design allows for quick onsite construction and installation.
“Petroleum is one of the nine energy and waste intensive industries that is participating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Industrial Technologies’ industries of the Future initiative. Using an industry-defined vision of the petroleum industry in the year 2020, the industry and DOE are using this strategy to build and collaborations to develop and deploy technologies crucial to the industry’s future.”
- Gideon Varga, OIT Petroleum Team leader, DOE, Washington D.C