Honeywell has introduced an expanded range of hydrotreating catalysts to help fuel refiners remove impurities and meet increasingly stringent global fuel emissions regulations, including Euro-V, China-V and in India, BS-VI, which specify sulfur content less than 10 parts per million.
The new offerings include 20 new catalysts for hydrotreating applications such as hydrocracking and Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) pre-treat, diesel and kerosene hydrotreating and coker naphtha hydrotreating. They will be produced at Honeywell UOP’s production facility in Shreveport, Louisiana, which inaugurated new and upgraded facilities to produce the new catalysts in June.
“By further broadening our own hydrotreating catalyst offerings, we can provide an expanded suite of catalysts for hydroprocessing, one of the most important technologies in refining," said Ken Stacherski, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP's Catalysts, Adsorbents and Specialties business. “We’re now applying our expertise in catalytic chemistry to meet our customers’ pre-treat and conversion needs and deliver greater customer value, whether their units were designed by Honeywell UOP or someone else.”
In addition to hydrotreating, Honeywell’s broad catalyst portfolio is also used to produce a wide range of transportation fuels and petrochemicals. Honeywell pioneered the use of catalysts in the refining industry in 1931, beginning with solid phosphoric acid. This, and subsequent processes, significantly raised the yield of high-octane transportation fuels. Today, Honeywell is a world leader in the development of advanced catalysts for the refining industry.