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Hydrocarbon Engineering Spotlight with IPCO

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This spotlight session explores a recent white paper written by IPCO, entitled ‘Handling increasing yields from asphaltene/pitch streams.’

Hydrocarbon Engineering’s Senior Editor, Callum O’Reilly, talks to the author of the white paper, Marvin Petit-Homme, Global Manager of Residual Products at IPCO.

The white paper reviews various residue upgrading technologies available for managing asphaltene/pitch streams resulting from bottom of the barrel processes such as residue phase hydrocracking and solvent deasphalting.

Marvin outlines the challenges facing the oil and gas industry in a changing market, and the need to invest in residue upgrading technologies and realign refinery assets to achieve stable growth and diversification.

This white paper describes the different processes available for converting liquid pitch into a flowable, solid form for easier storage, handling and transportation. The paper also explores factors such as type of crude, crude slate, upstream unit operation, DAO yield, feed temperature and viscosity, all of which need to be considered in order to determine the optimal form of solidification.

To read the white paper in full, click here.

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