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Grace Named Catalyst Provider of the Year 

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FUSION® FCC catalyst technology impresses Latin American refining industry

At the World Refining Association’s Latin American Refining Technology Conference (LARTC) held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 13th, Grace was presented the Association’s Los Premios de Excelencia for Catalyst Provider of the Year.

A judging committee of regional downstream experts voted for the winners from a shortlist across categories such as Catalyst Provider of the Year, Energy Transition Solution of the Year, Digital Technology of the Year, and Refinery of the Year. Also, Grace’s longtime customer, Ecopetrol, was named Refiner of the Year. Ecopetrol-Barrancabermeja Refinery primarily uses Grace catalysts in their FCC unit.

As we embark on the low carbon, vegetable and residual oils co-processing projects of tomorrow, in parallel, we can use a combination of tailored catalyst solutions to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions today. 

Rafael Gonzalez

Regional Marketing Manager, Grace, FCC

Grace’s FCC commercial team in Latin America sponsored and presented at the conference of more than 300 refining industry professionals. They were joined by commercial team members from Advanced Refining Technologies LLC (ART), Grace’s joint venture with Chevron, led by Clemencia Marin, Regional Sales Director. ART presented alongside Crystaphase and LWART about collaborations to increase catalyst cycle length.

The Grace team presented a sponsored pre-conference seminar on “The Flexible FCC,” hosted by Leonardo Betancourt, Technical Sales Manager, Silvia Chacon Rangel, Technical Service Manager, and David Hunt, Sr. Principal Technologist. Rafael Gonzalez, Regional Marketing Manager, presented Grace’s FUSION® FCC catalyst technology during a technical session as part of the main agenda.

Novel fluid catalytic cracking technology

FUSION® is a next-generation fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst platform that employs a novel advanced matrix binding system, designed to enhance product yields for refineries processing residuum feedstocks. FUSION® technology plays a key role on delivering a more sustainable FCC operation through coke selectivity advancement.  Coke is a waste by-product in FCC processes which is ultimately burned off as a fuel.  By advancing technologies that produce as little coke as possible, Grace helps refiners maximize conversion and produce higher liquid product volumes with less energy used, ultimately reducing CO2 and the carbon footprint of its products.  

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