BASF introduces new catalyst which increases liquid product yields with heavy resid feeds
launched Fortress™ NXT, the next generation of the industry-leading Fortress Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst for heavy residuum (resid) oil feedstock applications for the refining market. Fortress NXT has been optimized to deliver superior metals passivation and activity maintenance, while keeping hydrogen and coke production low. For refineries, this creates the opportunity for profit maximization.
Fortress NXT has shown excellent results in refinery trials. Refineries that used Fortress NXT in their FCC units achieved optimal results with lower coke and gas. Refineries also sustained Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and gasoline outputs and bottoms upgrading while exploring new feedstocks with higher resid content. It builds on the BASF Fortress FCC catalyst technology that has been established in the Refinery markets for many years, and has been successfully used in FCC units all over the world.
Fortress NXT resumes the path of continuous innovation of BASF’s refinery catalysts portfolio and builds on successful product introductions. The unique BoroCat™ technology, introduced in 2016, was recently awarded with the 2017 Hydrocarbon Processing Award for best catalyst technology and the 2017 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for outstanding environmental contributions. In 2017, Borotec™ was introduced in the market, the second innovation using BASF’s unique Boron-Based Technology (BBT) platform.