Crude oil refining: Chemical conversion

Abdullah M. Aitani*

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This chapter discusses the various aspects of crude oil refining as a primary source of fuel and as a feedstock for petrochemicals. The main objective of chemical conversion in oil refining is to convert crude oils of various origins into valuable products having the qualities and quantities demanded by the market. Various refining processes based on chemical conversion such as thermal and catalytic processes as well as general properties of refined products are briefly reviewed. The refining industry currently faces several challenges related to increasing demand for transportation fuels, stringent specifications of these products, crude oil availability, reduction of carbon emissions, and renewable fuels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPetroleum Economics and Engineering, Third Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781482241693
ISBN (Print)9781466506664
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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