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Alternative to visbreaking or delayed coking of heavy crude oil through a short contact time, solid transported bed cracking process

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Abstract

An extra-heavy crude oil was treated at a short contact time in the 510–580 °C temperature range in a FCC-like process, first thermally and then in the presence of a solid with low catalytic activity. The treatment greatly improved the properties of the crude oil, reducing the density and viscosity to values that make the oil transportable without dilution in a pipeline. In addition, the upgraded oil was substantially free of contaminants such as metals and heptane insolubles. The use of the solid allowed upgrading all properties with a minimum coke penalty. The residual fraction of the upgraded oil had to be eliminated to obtain a syncrude stable in asphaltene proof, which could be obtained by recycling to extinction in a cracking reactor.

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The article was received on 27 Jun 2017, accepted on 01 Dec 2017 and first published on 04 Dec 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CY01281K
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018,8, 540-550
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    Alternative to visbreaking or delayed coking of heavy crude oil through a short contact time, solid transported bed cracking process

    A. Corma Canós, L. Sauvanaud, Y. Mathieu, L. Almanza Rubiano, C. Gonzalez Sanchez and T. Chanaga Quiroz, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, 8, 540
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CY01281K

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