From straight-run naphtha to straight-up profit


Obstacle

Straight-run naphtha is usually an easy feed to process. Engineers like it because no additives are required—no free radicals turning into foulants. In this case however, our customer was facing increasingly shorter production cycles, running 331 days on oil, then 257 days, then 197 days before a pressure-drop shut down was required.

Path

They called Crystaphase. We recommended replacing 180 cubic feet of conventional wagon wheels and rings with a custom CatTrap solution that used only 159 cubic feet.

Results

Our strategy more than doubled the unit’s production cycle to 716 days, which made a dramatic impact on their bottom line. Maintenance costs associated with turnarounds—labor, equipment, materials and downtime—were reduced, while the additional production volume generated more revenue. All combined, the annual profitability of the unit increased by $3,869,466.

Increased revenue by nearly $3.9 million.

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