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PTT Global Chemical chooses hte for independent commercial catalyst evaluation in hydroprocessing

HEIDELBERG, Germany [April 9, 2019]

hte – the high throughput experimentation company has been selected by PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC), a leading Asian integrated petrochemical and refining company, to evaluate hydroprocessing commercial catalysts under commercially relevant conditions for a catalyst change-out in its refinery in Rayong, Thailand. For this catalyst benchmarking, hte has used its latest 24-fold high throughput technology. 

GC selected hte for the evaluation study in order to benchmark five commercial hydroprocessing catalyst systems using a 24-fold high throughput reactor system optimized for first-stage hydrocracking under commercially relevant conditions. The project was completed in 2018 with the overall aim of measuring catalyst performance (activity, selectivity, and stability) and determining key fractional product properties. The testing program at hte has provided GC with the relevant data to make the best decisions for the upcoming hydroprocessing catalyst change-out in 2019. 

High throughput testing technology has become the industry standard for benchmarking several commercially available multistacked catalyst systems head to head under unit operating conditions and using the refinery’s typical feedstocks.

PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited chose hte for independent commercial catalyst evaluation in hydroprocessing
Example of hte's latest 24-fold high throughput technology

It is the ideal way to properly identify the optimal catalyst system for a refinery’s specific process. Given the high stakes involved in the choice of catalyst for an operation cycle, selecting the appropriate testing technology for conversion units is pivotal, as it has a dramatic and lasting impact on the profitability of a refinery.

“We were satisfied with the performance of the benchmarking test carried out by hte, which produced the industrially relevant data we required to make the right decision for our catalyst change-out in a timely manner. Moreover, hte significantly relieved GC of the burden related to the contractual process with catalyst vendors. We will be happy to consider the services of hte for our future catalyst change-outs,” says Nattapong, Hydrocracker Unit Engineer at GC. 

Wolfram Stichert, CEO at hte, comments: “We were pleased to have been selected by GC, a leading Asian integrated petrochemical and refining company, for such a crucial catalyst selection for their refinery. hte has always strived through innovative solutions to provide the most valuable services to its customers. Our latest 24-fold technology is the perfect illustration of this.” 

About hte
At hte – the high throughput experimentation company, we make R&D in the area of catalysis faster and more productive. We enable cost-effective innovations and reduced time to market for new products, thereby allowing our customers in the energy & refining, chemical & petrochemical, and environmental industry to keep ahead of the competition. Our technology and services comprise: 

  • R&D Solutions: highly efficient contract research programs at hte’s state-of-the-art laboratories in Heidelberg, Germany 
  • Technology Solutions: integrated hardware and software solutions, enabling our customers to establish high throughput workflows in their own laboratories. 

Our customers benefit from a broad technical and scientific expertise, an exceptional customer orientation, complete end-to-end solutions, and an outstanding data quality. Our close ties with BASF guarantee long-term orientation and stability.

Contact hte GmbH
Business Development
Dr. Jean-Claude Adelbrecht
Business Development Manager 
Kurpfalzring 104, 69123 Heidelberg, Germany 
T: +49 (0) 6221 7497 473
F: +49 (0) 6221 7497 137

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About PTT Global Chemical
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, or GC, is PTT Group’s petrochemical flagship. We are committed to strengthening our leading position in the chemicals business by combining environmentally friendly innovations with advanced technologies to develop products to improve people’s lives. GC is comprised of diversified and comprehensive petrochemical businesses, including manufacturing and distribution of upstream, intermediate, and downstream petrochemical products. These products can be converted into other chemical products and serve as basic feedstock for downstream industries such as packaging, apparel, communications and electronic equipment, electrical appliances, vehicles, construction materials, engineering-based plastics, agricultural equipment, and much more. These products are not only part of our everyday lives – they also improve the way we live.
PTT Global Chemical – Better chemistry for better living

Thanawat Upienpong
Senior Process Engineer
8, I-8 Road, Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate,
Map Ta Phut, Muean Rayong,
Rayong 21150 Thailand
T : +66(0) 3897-1000
F : +66(0)3899-41111