Basic Engineering of a Two-Stage Process for Co-Upgrading Natural Gas and Petroleum Coke


This communication highlights the possibility of using a novel two-stage process for the co-upgrading of natural gas and petroleum coke into liquid hydrocarbons. The first stage consists of the catalytic dehydroaromatization of methane characterized by producing hydrogen and aromatics: benzene, naphtalene, toluene, etc. The non-reacted methane plus hydrogen and aromatics produced in the first stage are directed to the second stage to react with the petroleum coke. Basic engineering analysis of proposed two-stage process suggests light petroleum production of 160,000 bbl/day from 20,000 ton/day of petroleum coke actually by-produced from Venezuelan Orinoco’s heavy oil belt. Residual coke should be volatiles free therefore useful as a calcined coke.

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Laine, J. and Tosta, M. (2015) Basic Engineering of a Two-Stage Process for Co-Upgrading Natural Gas and Petroleum Coke. Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science, 5, 129-133. doi: 10.4236/aces.2015.52014.

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