BASF has launched its Fortress™ NXT, a FCC catalyst for heavy residuum (resid) oil feedstock applications for the refining market. The catalyst has been optimised to deliver superior metals passivation and activity maintenance, while keeping hydrogen and coke production low. For refineries, this creates the opportunity for profit maximisation.
Fortress NXT has shown high quality results in refinery trials. Refineries that used the catalyst in FCC units achieved optimal results with lower coke and gas. They also sustained LPG and gasoline outputs and bottoms upgrading while exploring new feedstocks with higher resid content. It builds on the BASF Fortress FCC catalyst technology that has been established in the refinery markets for many years, and has been successfully used in FCC units all over the world.
“The introduction of Fortress NXT adds an innovative new product to BASF’s advanced refinery catalysts portfolio,” said Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts at BASF. “Customers that already used Fortress NXT during plant trials have seen clear gas and coke reduction and the ability to increase the residue content of their feeds by up to 7%. This shows Fortress NXT’s capability to help refiners optimise their operations and maximise profits.”