Continuous Catalytic Reforming (CCR)
Process Heating Solutions
Continuous Catalytic reforming (CCR) is a chemical process that converts petroleum refinery naphthas distilled from low-octane oil into high-octane liquid products called reformates, which are premium blending stocks for high-octane gasoline. The process partially dehydrogenates paraffins, isoparaffins, and cyclic naphthenes and converts them into high-octane aromatics. There are several applications in a CCR process that require the use of electric process heaters. First, because the chemical reactions are endothermic (i.e. absorb heat), inter-stage heaters are required to raise the temperature of the fluids to ensure they are at the proper temperature to achieve successful chemical reactions. Second, metal catalysts, such as platinum, are used in the process to improve reaction efficiency and yield. These catalysts need to be regenerated on a continual basis using a hot, inert gas. This regeneration is also accomplished using electric process heaters.