Rising to the CO2 Challenge - Part 3

Are you interested in learning how refineries can reduce their CO2 emissions? Instead of focusing on specific units, this article explores a comprehensive approach to carbon reduction across the refinery. It then takes a closer look at the utility system, including hydrogen production and steam/power generation. Finally, the author highlights catcrackers and hydrotreaters/hydrocrackers, which have the highest carbon footprint.

Throughout the article, advanced technologies and practices are emphasized. In addition, the challenge of balancing additional product quality specifications and the drive to reduce fuel production with the need to decrease carbon emissions is known. However, there is still significant potential for greenhouse gas emission reductions, at least from a technical standpoint.

Looking ahead to post-2020, carbon capture and storage (CCS) could play a vital role in reducing refinery emissions. To make it work, it's important to use proven technologies, with the power/steam/fuel system offering the highest potential. According to the author, carbon emissions could be reduced by 15% within a payback period of less than four years.