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Refinery Catalysts

At BASF, our Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst and additive offerings together with our expert technical services build the right solution to create value within any unit’s constraints.

We provide FCC innovations to maximize production of highly-valued petrochemicals and fuels for your unit’s unique needs. At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future.

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Why BASF?

BASF is a pioneer in innovative catalysts for the petroleum refining industry. Whatever your refinery’s specific needs, BASF can provide a catalyst solution to meet them. Our FCC Catalysts provide the main catalytic cracking power in the unit and need to be optimized per feedstock and desired output. Providing tailored FCC solutions for various feedstocks as well as options for refineries that want feed flexibility, BASF catalysts coupled with our technical expertise provide sustainable solutions for all FCC units.

BASF develops innovative technologies as the basis for our FCC Refining Catalysts portfolio. Customer-focused research and development results in BASF’s creation of new technologies and drives our approach to continuous innovation, leading to new possibilities for the refining industry. Our FCC catalyst technologies offer avenues for operations and profit improvement.

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Our Refinery Profile site provides an independent means for refineries to track the performance of their catalyst unit. When customers log on, it gives them a wealth of information such as real-time data, graphics capabilities, and much more.

Our Products & Solutions

Browse our products to view technical details and learn how they benefit your process.

FCC Catalysts

BASF is a pioneer in innovative catalysts for the petroleum refining industry. Whatever your refinery’s specific needs, BASF can provide a catalyst solution to meet them.

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Our FCC Catalysts provide the main catalytic cracking power in the unit and need to be optimized per feedstock and desired output. Providing tailored FCC solutions for various feedstocks as well as options for refineries that want feed flexibility, BASF catalysts coupled with our technical expertise provide sustainable solutions for all FCC units.

FCC Co-Catalysts

Co-catalysts combine the technology of BASF catalysts with the flexibility of additives giving refiners the power to capture the economic advantage.

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While they have similarities to both catalysts and additives, Co-Catalysts sit in their own category of FCC innovation. Refiners processing flexible feeds or units looking to address changes in product value can benefit from co-catalyst additions to rapidly optimize unit profitability without base catalyst reformulation.

FCC Additives

Additives allow refiners to optimize product selectivities and cost-effectively reach environmental regulations without a large catalyst overhaul.

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BASF works to help refiners access maximum unit performance through continuous innovations in petroleum refining. Our wide variety of FCC additives demonstrates BASF’s commitment to advancing refining technologies. We offer both performance-enhancing and environmental-compliance additives.

FCC Technologies

BASF develops innovative technologies as the basis for our FCC Refining Catalysts portfolio.

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Customer-focused research and development results in BASF’s creation of new technologies and drives our approach to continuous innovation, leading to new possibilities for the refining industry. Our FCC catalyst technologies offer avenues for operations and profit improvement.

  • DMS Technology: Distributed Matrix Structures (DMS) technology provides a unique pore structure to deliver benefits for all FCC unit designs. DMS technology enables enhanced diffusion of hydrocarbon feed for pre-cracking on highly dispersed zeolite crystals.
  • Prox-SMZ Technology: Proximal Stable Matrix and Zeolite (Prox-SMZ) technology enhances distillate yields and reduces bottoms. In a single process step, BASF combines a new advanced FCC catalyst matrix with our proven zeolite technology.
  • BBT: BASF developed Boron-based Technology (BBT) using boron chemistry to increase desired product in units with moderate to high metals contamination. It achieves superior nickel passivation using a specially-designed pore architecture.
  • IZY Technology: Improved Zeolite Y (IZY) technology optimizes the catalyst’s mesoporosity leading to reduced diffusion path length and higher liquid yields. Units can take advantage of this new intercrystallite spacing for olefins selectivity.
  • MFT Technology: Multiple Framework Topologies (MFT) technology decouples catalyst acid site density from activity allowing units to increase olefin selectivity using a high zeolite catalyst without reducing the unit’s activity.

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Other products in our portfolio for refinery catalysts can be found below.

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Fourte®

Innovative Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst for butylenes maximization Fourte maximizes butylenes production in the FCCU and increases gasoline octane while preserving catalyst activity.

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Valor®

Valor® is BASF latest vanadium trapping technology.

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Borotec®

Borotec® features BASF’s novel technology BBT (Boron Based Technology) and builds upon the success of BoroCat®.

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Technical Services

Our experts and technical teams work to understand each individual refinery meaning tailored and timely assistance.

BASF values knowledge of its customer base to provide continuous support during and after FCC unit updates. Our communication with refineries ensures new technologies and products are constantly reviewed and updated for alignment with the changing needs of our customer base.

For questions or inquiries, please contact refining-catalysts@basf.com or Customer Care. For MSDS information, contact your Account Manager.

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2021 Industry Conferences

BASF looks forward to meeting you in 2021 at one of our industry conferences.

2021 EMEA Industry Conferences Date Location
Petrochemical and Refining Congress: Russia & CIS September 20-21 St. Petersburg, Russia
ERTC: ATE 2021 October 19-21 Antwerp, Belgium
Lukoil Conference October TBD
ERTC 2021 November 15-18 Madrid, Spain
2021 NA & SA Industry Conferences Date Location
IRPC Americas 2021 June TBD
LARTC 2021 September 21 Columbia
AFPM Summit October 5-7 New Orleans, Louisiana
2021 Asia Industry Conferences Date Location
ARTC May 24 Singapore
10th Refining and Petrochemical Industry Technology Development Seminar September 1 China
Refining & Petrochemical Technology Meet (RPTM) TBD India

Resources

Brochures and Datasheets

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ZIP Olefins Additive Performance Profile

ZIP, BASF's latest Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Olefins Additive, produces maximum propylene while using less ZSM-5 Additive.

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Fortress® NXT

BASF’s Fortress NXT delivers superior metals passivation and increases liquid product yields

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Fourte®

Fourte maximizes butylenes production in the FCCU and increases gasoline octane while preserving catalyst activity.

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Maximum Propylene Solution (MPS)

Maximum Propylene Solution (MPS) combines Y-zeolite and ZSM-5 for synergies delivering high activity, propylene selectivity, and minimum delta coke.

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ProCat®

Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) additive for the reduction of regenerator afterburn and CO emissions.

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Publications

BASF provides solutions for industry problems by focusing on innovation opportunities. Below are some examples of how BASF’s technology helps refiners reach optimal performance.

Interpreting FCC equilibrium catalyst data, Catalysis—2018
Regular Ecat and fines analysis provides information to support optimal performance from the FCC

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Octane Improvement in FCC Units: An Open Choice—March 2021

Hernando Salgado and Melissa Clough Mastry, BASF Refining Catalysts, offer a review of octane improvement methods in an FCC unit and assess each method’s advantages and disadvantages.

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Role of chlorides in reactivation of contaminant nickel on fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts—February 2021

Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) is an important process for the conversion of crude oil into valuable products including fuels, lubricants, and precursors for making other products.

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Tackling High Nickel Feedstock—November 2020

Xiang YangDong, Yang YuanBin, and Zhang Ying, PetroChina, alongside Karen Qingling Huang, BASF, explain how FCC catalyst technology was used at a Chinese refinery to achieve better nickel passivation and consequently increase feed rate and improve product yield structure.

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FCC Catalysts Boosts Bottoms Upgrade—October 2020

A combination of novel matrix technologies in a new FCC catalyst increased bottoms upgrading of residual feeds and improved profitability.

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Boosting profitability with butylenes to propylene ratio—September 2020

Nik Larsen and Tiffany Clark, Marathon Petroleum Corp., alongside Namal de Silva, Yorklin Yang and Daniel Neuman, BASF Corp., introduce a new catalyst that can boost butylene selectivity over propylene in FCC units.

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Driving FCCU value through fresh and flushing catalyst activity modeling—September 2020

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Boosting Profitability with Butylenes—June 2020

Nik Larsen and Tiffany Clark, Marathon Petroleum Corp., USA, with Melissa Clough Mastry and Namal De Silva, BASF, USA, examine new FCC catalyst technology which has maximised butylenes production and raised profitability in refinery trials.

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FCC catalyst deactivation studies to mimic refinery conditions for high-propylene applications—November 2019

BASF’s joint publication with CEPSA on FCC catalyst deactivation studies makes clear that lowering the metal content, using a cracking deactivation method or moving to a steam-only deactivation campaign are the best options for FCC catalyst selection.

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Catalytic Solutions to the IMO Challenge: The Resid FCC Alternative—June 2019

Resid FCC technology provides a promising solution to the production of low-sulfur marine fuels compliant with IMO’s 2020 regulations.

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Additive Innovation, Hydrocarbon Engineering—July 2017

A look at the important characteristics of an effective SOx-reduction additive to help refiners meet environmental regulations

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Creative Catalysis, Hydrocarbon Engineering—November 2015

BASF developed a new Boron-based Technology (BBT) that minimizes the effect of contaminant metals, increasing unit profitability.

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A rare alternative, Hydrocarbon Engineering—September 2015

Phosphorous presents a unique replacement for rare earth oxides in FCC refining catalysts to avoid increased rare earth oxide prices.

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New catalyst increases FCC olefin yields, Hydrocarbon Processing—April 2014

BASF catalyst shows excellent propylene selectivity for units looking to enter the petrochemical market.

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Iron poisoning investigations enable opportunities for success

A look at iron’s interactions with FCC units and methods for avoiding catalyst poisoning.

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Innovative catalyst solution mitigates FCC operational issue, Hydrocarbon Processing—May 2014

Successful trial of a thermostable co-catalyst with tailored porosity for improved FCCU profitability.

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