Why seek new feedstocks?
- Alternative petrochemical feedstocks due to shortages or unavailability of naphtha or natural gas
- Alternative crude oil sources due to declining conventional crude production and/or need for regional energy independence
- Profit opportunities from lower-cost alternative feedstocks: Remote Gas, Coal, Tar Sands, Shale Oil and Heavy Crude
- Utilization of renewable feedstocks that replace fossil fuels for power and transportation.
Petrochemicals from coal and other cost-advantaged feedstocks
UOP’s Methanol to Olefins (MTO) process is an efficient producer of ethylene and propylene from natural gas, coal, or other synthesis gas/methanol source. Where conventional petrochemical feedstocks are unavailable, coal or other residues can be a stable-supply, low-cost feed for economic light olefin production. MTO can also be an attractive solution for “monetizing” remote or stranded natural gas as an alternative to LNG. Associated polymerization facilities allow the production of highest value, easily transportable polymer products.
High-quality fuels from low-quality residue
With the production of high-sulfur fuel oil declining in many regions, attention is turning to converting alternative hydrocarbon sources such as vacuum residue into diesel. Converting vacuum residue provides profit opportunities relative to higher-priced, lighter crudes as well as energy security and independence. UOP’s Uniflex™ process is an economic route for upgrading heavy oil feedstocks consistent with the production of high-value transportation fuels. Relative to coking, the traditional processing route, the Uniflex process achieves greater than 25% higher residue conversion, producing a much smaller byproduct stream. In addition, the Uniflex process produces a superior hydrocracking or FCC feedstock for high-quality diesel and/or gasoline production.
Fuels from natural oils/animal fats and biomass wastes
Worldwide economic expansion is rapidly driving demand of energy. Fuels derived from biological sources have the potential to not only support the growing needs, but address increasing concerns about green house gas emission. The UOP/Eni Ecofining™ Process converts natural oils, animal fats and greases (including inedible and used oils) to a superior Green Diesel product, which unlike traditional biodiesel is indistinguishable from petroleum diesel, provides high energy content and cetane number and can be blended to any proportion. The UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process converts the same renewable feedstocks into a synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK) also known as Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, which is fully compatible and blendable with Jet A or A-1 and JP-8 or JP-5 fuels. Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has been fully tested and approved for both commercial and military aviation applications.
In search of renewable sources for electricity and process heat applications, UOP joint venture business, Envergent Technologies offers RTP technology converts residual biomass from the forestry and agricultural residues, post-consumer materials such as construction and demolition wastes as well as sustainable energy crops into RTP green fuel – a light, pourable, clean-burning liquid biofuel. Relative to direct combustion, gasification and pelletization, RTP green fuel allows improvements in power generation efficiency while allowing storage and transportation of this key energy source.
How can UOP help?
UOP is the industry leading provider of process technology and catalysts offering a broad portfolio of refining, petrochemical, and gas processing technologies.
Beyond the individual process technologies, UOP offers unmatched capability to bring our customers customized, integrated solutions. Our experts will help you to:
- Evaluate economics of alternative feedstock options
- Integrate upstream and downstream processing requirements
- Optimize a multiple product slate to maximize profitability and ROI
- Minimize energy consumption
- Achieve rapid project implementation
How do I learn more?
Contact us to learn more about UOP’s efforts with alternative feedstocks.