Lubricant base oil businesses are transitioning away from solvent-based plants towards those based on catalytic hydroprocessing, dewaxing, and hydrofinishing technology. Base Oil quality and yields are much higher and there is less dependance on a crude source. Additionally, it can be easier to make the high-quality Group II and III base oils that the current market demands.
Hyundai Oilbank identified an opportunity to build a Group II lubricant base oil manufacturing plan adjacent to its South Korea refinery. Shell knew in order to integrate the new base oils plant with the existing line-up, Hyundai Oilbank needed to revamp the hydrocracker.
Shell was tasked with finding an inexpensive solution that would:
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