1st Edition

Catalytic Naphtha Reforming Process

By Soni Oyekan Copyright 2019
    378 Pages
    by CRC Press

    378 Pages 193 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    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.

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


    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.