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Topsoe Blog

Make the most of what you have

01.08.2017
     Feed stream management In the not-so distant past, crude oil prices were hitting records everyday worldwide as downstream operators saw their margins decrease. 

A cost effective way to convert sulfur compounds from oils

01.08.2017
     Hydrogen technology – Steam reforming hydrocarbons Treating fuel oils to meet the strict MARPOL sulfur regulations 2020 will require hydrogen. It is by far the most economical way to convert the sulfur compounds found in oil. When this organic sulfur is converted to H2S, it can be processed into commercial grade sulfuric acid or elemental...

Upgrade heavy fuel oil to meet MARPOL regulations

01.08.2017
     Atmospheric Residue De-Sulfurization (ARDS) The introduction of new MARPOL regulations is expected to have a major impact on demand patterns in our industry. While this will present challenges to refineries, it will also create opportunities for those companies who optimize assets.

Deal efficiently with soot from heavy fuel oil

01.08.2017
     Soot and particulate removal Shipping, unlike land-based transportation, has not been subject to strict environmental regulations. It isn’t simply a question of whether or not companies were prepared to pay for technology improvements to reduce emissions. In fact, the technology was simply not available.  

A cleaner alternative to bunker fuel oil

01.08.2017
     Conversion to methanol production The MARPOL legislation on bunker fuel for 2020 requires that sulfur emissions can be no higher than 0.5 wt% of the fuel used. Within these parameters, methanol is emerging as an alternative to bunker fuel because it’s clean and contains no sulfur or NOx and is soot-free.

A bold shift into high value products

01.08.2017
     Slurry technology Thanks to MARPOL, refineries have more incentive than ever to exit the bunker fuel market and shift their production to lucrative products such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel.

A lower cost option for increasing capacity

01.08.2017
     Crude overflash hydrocracking One approach to reducing the dependency on the fuel oil market has been to revamp or install more conversion capacity in refineries. Such projects have been an extremely cost-effective way for a refinery to shift its product slate.

Handling increasing amounts of H2S

01.08.2017
     Sulfur management In the race to achieve more and deeper desulfurization of fuel oil and other refinery products, the challenges faced by refineries are many. For some, the issue is capacity. Existing H2S gas treatment facilities such as Claus plants may not have sufficient capacity to treat additional H2S gas. In other cases, refiners need...

Topsoe to help HMEL meet BS-VI fuel specification on fast track

26.06.2017
Topsoe delivers a bundled technology solution of diesel hydrotreater unit and revamp of hydrogen generation facility. HMEL refinery will be revamped to deliver BS VI (equivalent Euro VI) fuel specifications under BS-VI Fuel Quality Project BS-VI Fuel Quality Project is planned to be commissioned within just 36 months. Indian refinery company...

Topsoe sharpens focus, sells emissions control areas

20.06.2017
Topsoe sells automotive and stationary DeNOx business areas to Umicore. Topsoe will increase focus on developing new sustainable solutions and expanding core business within catalysts and technology for the petrochemical industry and refineries. The contract value is DKK 900 million plus an earn-out. Today, Topsoe announced that it has sold its...

Can splitting water make hydrogen the energy carrier of the future?

23.05.2017
A new paper from University of Houston describes a cheap and effective electrocatalyst that can help split water into oxygen and hydrogen. Hydrogen burns very clean and is often mentioned as a potential energy carrier of the future. That’s probably the reason why the news from Houston sparked a huge debate on Reddit and inspired many comments...

How can refineries comply with stricter regulation of sulfur in fuels and emissions?

17.05.2017
Refineries across the globe face tough challenges. On one hand, crude oil will contain more sulfur in the future. On the other hand, stricter environmental regulation demands significantly lower sulfur content in fuels (Euro V, Euro VI, MARPOL regulations) and emissions to the atmosphere. So what can refineries do to comply – without their whole...

Topsoe technology chosen for large Uzbek gas-to-liquids project

10.05.2017
Topsoe’s synthesis gas technology has been chosen for OLTIN YO’L GTL – a 38,000 barrels per day gas-to-liquids (GTL) energy plant in Uzbekistan Topsoe will deliver proprietary equipment for two synthesis gas trains, each including autothermal reformers (ATRs), waste heat boilers, steam drums, CTS burners, refractory materials, and HTZR target...

New solution for high-purity landfill fuel gas for power plants

27.03.2017
ENERGYneering Solutions Inc. signs first deal for Topsoe’s HiPerFuel™ landfill gas conditioning solution HiPerFuel™ will drive down operational costs and downtime for landfill gas power plant operators The solution removes siloxanes and sulfur from landfill gas to provide high-purity fuel gas ENERGYneering Solutions Inc. (ESI), a US O&M contractor...

Topsoe Annual Report 2016: Significantly improved profitability in challenging markets

21.03.2017
Revenue and EBIT reached an all-time high, revenue grew by 1%, and operating profit (EBIT) increasedby 48%. Revenue and EBIT were positively impacted by restarted contracts, reduced cost base, and increased revenue from technology sales. On the other hand, revenue was negatively affected by low raw material prices. Despite difficult market...

New catalyst increase competition in FCC gasoline post-treatment

16.12.2016
With only two well-established competing products on the global market, Haldor Topsoe’s HyOctaneTM now gives refiners a wider range of options for their next catalyst replacement in their FCC gasoline post-treatment unit. The new catalyst series is industrially proven to provide ultra-low levels of sulfur, while keeping octane numbers high.

On-site carbon monoxide generation takes the next step

12.12.2016
Haldor Topsoe’s eCOs is a new electrolysis cell technology that allows the safe, efficient, and cost-competitive production of carbon monoxide directly at the site of facilities where the gas is needed. The CO-generation device uses feedstock carbon dioxide and electrical power to produce CO in quantities ideal for most operations that today rely...

New HyBRIM™ catalyst boosts profitability of diesel and hydrocracking units

23.11.2016
Refiners can look forward to longer cycle lengths, high-value products from low quality feed stocks, and increased volume swell with the latest HyBRIM™ nickel molybdenum catalyst with 25 percent improved activity for both nitrogen and sulfur removal.

Topsoe positions itself for growth in China

08.11.2016
Topsoe’s new, state-of-the-art automotive catalyst plant in Tianjin ramps up production, while the automotive organization is restructured to better support the Company’s market-leading catalyst for the growing heavy diesel segment.

Haldor Topsoe sharpens customer focus

03.10.2016
A more industry and customer focused organization was announced today by Haldor Topsoe. Business areas addressing the same industries have been merged into three business units to produce more integrated and industry-focused solutions. By doing this, Topsoe also strengthens and expands its focus on sustainable solutions.