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Benzene reduction

KBC was appointed by an independent European oil and gas company to perform a benzene-reduction study. Specifically, KBC was engaged to help define the configuration of the future heavy-naphtha processing units.

The challenge

The primary challenge was to meet the customer's objective of achieving full independence from third-party reformate processing.

Solution

KBC drew on its experience in developing process models that use test-run data to reflect actual operation. Using Petro-SIM software, these models integrated new and existing process units to allow for an assessment of various modes of operation.

We produced pre-design documentation and then developed two options for comparison and ranking:

  1. Removal of benzene precursors from naphtha feedstock;
  2. Benzene removal from reformate products.

Capital investment and operational costs associated with the refinery

configuration were calculated. Detailed economic models were then

produced to estimate return on investment.

The results

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