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FCC Revamp Solutions

with Chris Santner, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technologyesentation PDF

All FCC units, no matter when they were built, eventually require upgrades to various technology features to stay competitive. Key features include feed nozzles, riser termination systems, stripper design, regenerator air and catalyst distribution, and catalyst coolers in extreme cases. The presentation will consider each of these features along with their advantages and when the FCC operator should consider upgrades. Case studies are presented along with the basis for the revamps.

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Posted by: Alan R. English

Alan English has over 38 years’ experience in the petroleum refining industry. As a Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) expert, he has helped dozens of clients worldwide improve refining operations; benefits typically exceed $2 million per year. He has provided troubleshooting, technical support, optimization consulting, design work and training to more than 40 refineries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. This work involved a wide range of refining technologies including over 50 FCC units, and numerous Alkylation, MTBE, TAME, Delayed Coking, Hydrotreating (naphtha, distillate and resid), and Hydrocracking units.   Al is a licensed Chemical Engineer and holds a Master’s Degree in Technology Management. He served 19 years as a consultant with KBC. Previously, he worked for three major oil companies in their refinery and R&D organizations. He was responsible for developing two new commercial processes, the process design of several new or revamped major units and the development or improvement of several test methods and evaluation procedures. Al has authored or co-authored 13 publications, served on the NPRA (now AFPM) FCC Q&A panel twice, and holds three US patents.