November 2010 Vol. 237 No. 11

Business Meetings & Events

Refining Technology Targets Lower Emissions

Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc. and Praxair, Inc. announced Nov. 4 the introduction of a new technology designed to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units in refineries. The technology is intended to help refiners address increasingly stringent regulatory requirements while providing operational flexibility and lowering capital and operating costs. The key to the technology, called CONOx, is a high-velocity, highly reactive oxygen jet with superior mixing capabilities that enables rapid reactions of carbon monoxide and NOx precursors at typical flue gas temperatures. A reduction in NOx emissions of up to 60% can be achieved in both full-

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