Refineries process crude oil into products such as gasoline, kerosene, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as solvents and lubricants. Worldwide demand for refinery products will continue to grow over the long term and most of the growth in demand will stem from non-OECD countries. Additional factors encouraging investment in the refining industry are more stringent environmental regulations, cost reduction considerations, plant expansion trends and the need to process both lower-quality grades of crude oil and, in technologically more advanced processes, heavy petroleum by products.
New refineries are being built in areas where new reserves of crude oil as well as tar sands and shale gas are being developed, requiring additional processing facilities. Or state-owned refineries, strategic issues regarding location and supply security are also of considerable importance.
New extraction methods
New extraction methods and ever stricter environmental regulations for gasoline and diesel are creating new challenges for refineries in different regions of the world. These new challenges pertain both the refining capacity and flexibility to handle different grades of oil.
Burckhardt Compression offers Process Gas Compressors with the highest possible availability and lowest life cycle costs for all relevant oil refining processes that require gas.