EPCA ’09: ExxonMobil working on 'breakthrough' cracker concepts

05 October 2009 17:30  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS news)--ExxonMobil Chemical is investigating some breakthrough concepts that could “significantly change the nature of cracking” as it works on step-wise improvements to steam cracking, the company's president said on Monday.

Most of the company’s work on steam cracking technology was focused on improving energy efficiency, lowering emissions and expanding feedstock flexibility, said ExxonMobil Chemical president Stephen Pryor.

Pryor was speaking on the sidelines of the 43rd annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting.

He did not give any details of the breakthrough ideas ExxonMobil had but said a great deal of the work has to do with feedstock and was firmly based on where the next wave of advantaged feedstock would come from.

The key to steam cracking is feedstock flexibility, he said.

The company is introducing significant feedstock flexibility at its new 1m tonne/year cracker in Singapore, which, Pryor said, would be able to crack very heavy feeds.

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By: Nigel Davis
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