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How Advanced Process Control Technology Reduces Octane Giveaway

For Shell Deer Park refinery, teaming an online analyzer with next-generation Advanced Process Control (APC) markedly trims reformer output variability.

September 30, 2021 Mohamed Abokor, Shell Oil Read full blog post

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