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Petrochemical and Refinery Chemicals

Industry Overview:

Although most petrochemicals and refinery chemicals are not directly purchased by end users, their derivatives are an essential part of the products that we utilize on a daily basis. Petrochemical and refinery chemical feedstock and derivatives are vital to the production of everything from beverage bottles to sunglasses to cell phones. In addition to important consumer goods, these chemicals are also a key component in scientific equipment such as petri dishes, test tubes, and safety glasses, and in health care equipment such as artificial joints, latex gloves, and IV bags and tubes. As such, it is not surprising that petrochemical consumption is directly tied to economic and population growth.

The industry is impacted by rapidly fluctuating crude oil prices, environmental concerns and regulations, new technological advancements, and a volatile market. Most recently, shale gas production has lowered costs and increased supplies of ethane, which has, in turn, decreased production and increased prices of propylene. Sophisticated engineering is especially important in the petrochemical and refinery chemical industry: both to minimize the high energy consumption costs of producing these chemicals, and to develop new methods of environmentally-conscious and safe production and consumer use.

Common Applications:

  • Impurities
  • Atmospheric distillation
  • Conversion
  • Treatment
  • Blending
  • Naptha fraction – steam cracking, polymerization, etc.
  • Classes: olefins, aromatics, synthetic gas, etc.
  • Integrated manufacturing
  • Molecular masses
  • Alkylation -- dimerization
  • Catalytic reforming


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