Increase flexibility and competitiveness thanks to digitalisation and catalyst management
Increase petrochemicals production
Produce fuels with lower carbon footprint
Seize the opportunity offered by plastics recycling
Reduce CO2 emissions with CCS (carbon capture and storage)
Decrease NOx emissions of refining operations
From now to 2030+, refineries will supply liquid fuels progressively lower in carbon intensity by increasing the use of new feedstocks, such as renewables, plastic waste and captured CO2, while integrating with other industries such as petrochemicals, biofuels and plastics recycling.
“Big-ticket items” such as heat integration, sustainable biofuels, first blue and then green hydrogen, petrochemicals and polymers including recycled plastics capabilities will play a key role. To remain cash positive through this journey, reducing costs and energy consumption, optimising processes with digital tools, and maximising catalysts value will be a must.
Operators can count on Axens to support this profound change with a wide portfolio of solutions and services.
Our digital collaborative tool Connect’In® collects and analyses data with the highest standards of cyber security, and converts them into normalised KPIs dashboards using Axens high-fidelity models, enabling a highly flexible, proactive asset operation.
Through Orchestra™, we propose a wide range of catalyst management services, optimising catalyst change-out phases, reducing overall turnaround costs, and integrating specific needs like pool management or waste disposal.
Axens — Chairman & CEO
Petrochemicals production is a margin booster for refiners, as well as a hedge against fuel demand uncertainty. Axens provides innovative solutions for tailor-made refining-petrochemicals integration, from a gradual output increase with limited investment to crude oil-to-chemicals complexes.
Whether targeting co-processing of vegetable oils and fats (lipids) in an existing HDT unit or processing 100% lipids, Axens has experience in both. For co-processing, revamping solutions are designed to take into account all impacts related to lipids hydrotreating.
For 100% lipids, industrially proven Vegan® technology is available for producing sustainable diesel and jet fuel through hydrotreatment.
Axens offers two solutions for chemical plastics recycling:
Capture and storage of CO2 present in syngas and flue gas is a major tool to limit CO2 emissions from refineries:
Thanks to the acquisition in April 2021 of Flowvision, a company specialised in the reduction of nitrogen oxides in flue gas, Axens provides design and equipment for the entire scope of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) systems, integrated with its processes.