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When are two catalysts really different?

When testing catalysts, we always dedicate one of the four reactors to a reference catalyst sample, to determine the margin ...
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An update on the MPC-PSX stock price spread

Six weeks ago, this comparison of Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC - green) and Phillips 66 (PSX -red) 2021 stock price ...
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Stretching catalyst performance claims

One reason refiners want independent catalyst testing is they sometimes get burned by exaggerated vendor claims on catalyst performance. Here ...
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Accurate modeling of RIN prices

The Hoekstra IMS RIN price spreadsheet model accurately tracked the D4 RIN price during 2021. The green data points are ...
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Catalyst performance claims — perception or reality?

Hydrotreating catalysts from 2000 to 2010: From 2000 to 2010, hydrotreating catalysts evolved in step-wise fashion, with dozens of new ...
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Will you buy refining catalyst in 2022?

By helping refiners take a fresh look at catalyst selection and make more informed decisions, we’ve helped them improve profit ...
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Refining stock performance 2021

There was a large dispersion in the stock price performance of US refining companies in 2021. Calumet Specialty Products stock ...
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What? We’re exporting crude from our strategic reserve?

In the news today . . . I am hearing the crude oil from our strategic petroleum reserve will be ...
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Anatomy of the IMS RINs pricing model

Anatomy, [ə'nadəme] noun - a study of the structure or internal workings of something The Irwin McCormack Stock (IMS) RINs ...
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Phillips 66 3Q 2021 refining margin is still way low

Today Phillips 66 (PSX) reported a realized refining margin of $8.57/barrel versus a market benchmark margin of $19.44/barrel. The ratio, ...
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