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1st Edition

Catalytic Naphtha Reforming Process

ISBN 9781138034303
Published August 15, 2018 by CRC Press
360 Pages 193 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Based on the author’s decades of years of experience in oil refining, Catalytic Naphtha Reforming Process conveys essential information on key concepts, operations, and practices of catalytic naphtha reforming technologies and associated oil refining processes. The book reviews collective technical and operational advancements with respect to efficient use of catalysts and catalytic reformers in oil refining and incorporates key advancements from recent developments in catalytic reforming technologies and processes. High octane reformate gasoline blendstock production via the use of high performing continuous catalyst regenerative processes is emphasized for regulated, environmentally friendly gasoline. The benefits of timely, effective process unit monitoring are covered in this book. Some of the principal objectives of this book include the need to emphasize more proactive approaches in the planning, operations and maintenance of catalytic reforming units and oil refineries. A number of recommendations are provided for enhancing the operations, reliability, and productivity of catalytic reformers and oil refineries.

Table of Contents

History and Introduction. Catalytic Reforming Process. Reforming Process Catalysis. Catalytic Reforming Technologies. Catalyst Management Challenges. Troubleshooting Principles. Special Catalytic Reformer Topics.

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Soni O. Oyekan is President and CEO of Prafis Energy Solutions. He is a globally renowned expert in oil, gas and oil refining. Soni was the Corporate Process Technologist for Marathon Petroleum Company, BP/Amoco and Sunoco separately with responsibilities for naphtha processing, oil refining processes and technology support for over a span of 20 years. Prior to 1993, Soni conducted R&D studies at Exxon, Engelhard and DuPont for 16 years which resulted in his inventions for catalytic naphtha reforming. His key inventions are used globally to enhance the production of transportation fuels. Dr. Oyekan was awarded the NOBCChE Percy Julian award in 2009 for his outstanding contributions in oil refining. The author, a resident of Richmond, Texas, is a Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), a member of the AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees and of NOBCChE. He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi societies. Dr. Oyekan received the B.S degree (1970) in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Yale University. New Haven and the M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

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"This book brings in both the technical and practical experience of Dr. Oyekan from his decades working as a Catalytic Naphtha Reforming subject matter expert with several major refining companies. Dr. Oyekan’s writing style and depth of knowledge make this book a must read for students and engineers interested in catalytic naphtha reforming."

~Gary Gianzon, Marathon Petroleum 

"The book has a surprising amount of background on the oil industry – both upstream and downstream – including history and development. Anyone interested in the different types of refinery configurations – what they are called, why they exist, and economic factors – will be able to confidently talk about a coker refinery versus hydroskimmer with confidence after a few minutes with this book."

~Russell Brown, The Quaker Group

"[Catalytic Naphtha Reforming Process] is a valuable reference book to engineers and operators. Inclusion of modern petroleum refining and its economic evaluation makes this book attractive to anyone, either in academics or in industry, whose work actively involves with catalytic reforming."

~Stuart S. Shih