Alkylate octane obtained through the K-SAAT process is higher compared to other liquid and solid acid alkylation processes under a wide range of process conditions," he said.
Global demand for motor fuels continues to rise while stricter environmental standards and oxygenate blend requirements for gasoline place a premium on clean burning fuels and blendstocks such as alkylate.
KBR's K-SAAT process is a highly adaptable technology that produces a more cost effective, higher quality alkylate than conventional liquid acid catalysts or other solid acid catalysts.
The Phillips alkylation process used at the Lytton plant uses hydrofluoric acid as a catalyst to combine light hydrocarbons that are too volatile for use in gasoline in a reactor to form alkylate
, a high-octane blending agent to produce unleaded gasoline.