David Ayrapetyan is the Licensing Manager for resid conversion technologies at ExxonMobil Catalysts & Licensing (EMCL) located in Houston, Texas. He is currently responsible for FLEXICOKING™ licensing activities.
You were among our respected speakers at the ASIA-TECH 2016 which was recently held in Bangkok. What were the main issues you addressed in your presentation at the event?
There are a myriad of challenges faced by the refining and petrochemical industry these days. ExxonMobil’s Technology Licensing and Catalysts global business offers a broad portfolio of process technologies and associated specialty catalysts to address those challenges and bring valuable solutions to our customers. A very important area now and in the future is maximizing the value of the bottom of the barrel or resid conversion/upgrading. Our presentation on FLEXICOKINGTM technology discussed the basics of the technology and the benefits it offers, including a specific case study with our licensee Hellenic Petroleum.
Could you please share more about the FLEXICOKINGTM technology?
Benefits of the technology include cost effective investment as carbon steel construction lowers capex and an overall smaller plot space is required. Environmental benefits because the process operation is a continuous (non-batch) closed system and can result in low particulate and fugitive emissions. Coke production is virtually eliminated as it is converted into a valuable clean, economical FLEXIGAS without the use of any Hydrogen. It has the flexibility to handle a wide range of feeds.
This well proven process has been extensively used in ExxonMobil’s own facilities and in licensed third-party units around the globe.
Our ExxonMobil refining, gas processing and chemical technologies have been licensed and used in hundreds of third-party facilities around the globe. The same is true for our specialty catalysts and technical services. We are committed to delivering advantaged technologies that enable reliable and efficient operations, lower emissions, and higher-value products – all backed by our world-class technical service and operations expertise. We continue working with our customers every day to build tomorrow, together. We would be happy to discuss more with those seeking to learn how we can help their business. We encourage people to visit our ExxonMobil Technology Licensing and Catalysts website to learn more and to contact us for additional information.