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Honeywell welcomes hydrotreating catalyst

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Honeywell UOP has introduced a new high-activity hydrotreating catalyst that can effectively remove sulfur and nitrogen from lower-value diesel blending components, allowing them to meet Euro V clean fuels specifications. The ULTIMetTM catalyst, the newest addition to its Unity hydrotreating portfolio, has more active sites for chemical reactions, and can be used as a drop-in reload to ‘debottleneck’ a unit, resulting in increased plant capacity with no additional capital expense. The catalyst also can be loaded in combination with conventional hydrotreating catalysts to further improve their performance.

This catalyst also has the high strength and attrition resistance that are necessary to prevent breaking. This ensures a more reliable operation and helps extend the operating cycle by as much as 50 – 75%.

Hydrotreating is a critical step in the refining process, where hydrogen and a catalyst are used to remove sulfur and other contaminants before conversion into transportation fuels. The process produces a cleaner-burning diesel fuel product that meets new fuel regulations such as the Euro V standard, which specifies sulfur content of less than 10 ppm in transportation fuels.

Honeywell UOP’s line of Unity catalysts includes more than two dozen hydrotreating catalysts for hydrocracking and fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) pre-treat, and diesel, kerosene and coker naphtha hydrotreating. Honeywell UOP also offers catalysts for naphtha hydrotreating and FCC gasoline desulfurisation.

“The ULTIMet catalyst enables refiners facing stricter fuel requirements to achieve higher quality product specifications and greater profitability,” said Jose Carrazza, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell UOP’s Catalysts, Adsorbents & Specialties business. “This new catalyst also delivers greater operating flexibility than conventional catalysts in hydrotreaters, so it can handle more challenging, lower-priced feedstocks.”

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