Scientific Research Case Study: Heavy Oil Processing Technologies

Deposits of heavy crude may require pre-refining and post-refining process routes and technologies.

Leveraging our track record of analyzing complex technologies, our ability to evaluate technical challenges from a business perspective, and our expertise in upstream oil & gas operations, BSI mapped and forecasted heavy oil conversion technologies.

In one case, for example, our multi-disciplinary team of refining experts, chemists, and energy economists engaged in Scientific Research that included:

  • Delayed Coking
  • Gasification
  • Hydrocracking (fixed bed)
  • Catalysts
  • FCC
  • Cross-Flow Coking
  • Ebullated Bed Hydrocracking
  • Slurry Hydrocracking
  • Solvent Refining

We evaluated each technology and application’s short-term and long-term potential for benefits, including:

  • Capital cost reduction
  • Operating reduction
  • Processing yield and quality
  • Operating reliability

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