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 and wastes
As the world focuses on carbon emissions, increasing attention is being paid to renewable hydrocarbon sources that can meet the growing demand for middle distillate transportation fuels. The UOP/Eni Ecofining Process produces a superior Green Diesel product, which unlike traditional biodiesel is indistinguishable from petroleum diesel and can be blended to any proportion. The Ecofining process upgrades natural oils and wastes using conventional hydroprocessing. The UOP Green Jet Fuel Process upgrades second-generation feedstocks into a synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK), fully compatible and blendable as Jet A-1 and JP-8 fuels. Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has been successfully produced on a semi-commercial scale and tested in both commercial and military 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 sectors and post-consumer materials such as construction and demolition wastes into a liqid pyrolysis oil. Relative to direct combustion, the pyrolysis oil 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.