During hydrocracking, complex organic molecules such as kerogens or heavy hydrocarbons are broken down into simpler molecules by the breaking of carbon-carbon bonds in the precursors. The hydrocracking process depends on the nature and quality of the feedstock and the relative rates of the two competing reactions, hydrogenation and cracking. Heavy aromatic feedstock is converted into lighter products under a wide range of high pressures (70 bara/1’000 psia – 140 bara/2’000 psia) and fairly high temperatures (400° C/750° F – 800° C/1’500° F), in the presence of hydrogen and special catalysts.


Maximized uptime of the hydrocracking plant

The API 618 Process Gas Compressor solution from Burckhardt Compression is designed to fully comply with the demanding requirements of Hydrogen makeup and your Hydrogen recycle compressor deployed in your hydrocracking plants. Burckhardt Compression offers its compressor solutions as complete turn-key installations, engineered packages or bare frame compressors. As a compressor OEM with more than 170 years of experience we have been setting standards for leading valves and sealing technology. With our broad in-house expertise we are able to select the ideal components for longest mean time between overhaul (MTBO) of your hydrocracking recycle compressor solutions. This results in maximized uptime of the hydrocracking plant and maximized refinery yields.