BASF in­tro­duces new FCC cat­a­lysts

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BASF an­nounced the com­mer­cial launch of Fourte™, which rep­re­sents a new gen­er­a­tion of Fluid Cat­alytic Crack­ing (FCC) cat­a­lysts for gasoil feed­stock. Fourte is based on BASF’s new mul­ti­ple frame­work topol­ogy (MFT) tech­nol­ogy of­fer­ing and has been op­ti­mized to de­liver su­pe­rior se­lec­tiv­ity to butylenes while main­tain­ing cat­a­lyst ac­tiv­ity, which helps re­finer­ies max­i­mize their prof­its.

BASF’s in­no­va­tive MFT tech­nol­ogy en­hances per­for­mance through the use of more than one frame­work topol­ogy that works to­gether to tai­lor the cat­a­lyst se­lec­tiv­ity pro­file. Suc­cess­ful eval­u­a­tions of the new MFT tech­nol­ogy have demon­strated Fourte’s abil­ity to help max­i­mize mar­gins and pro­vide op­er­at­ing flex­i­bil­ity to make more butylenes to feed the alky­la­tion unit. The tech­nol­ogy pro­vides an an­swer to the in­creased de­mand for oc­tane since to­day’s tighter sul­fur reg­u­la­tions of­ten re­quires post-treat­ment on the gaso­line stream, which can neg­a­tively im­pact the oc­tane pool.

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