ExxonMobil, Albemarle unveil Galexia suite of hydroprocessing catalysts and services for refiners

ExxonMobil, Albemarle unveil Galexia suite of hydroprocessing catalysts and services for refiners
Published: 4 November 2019 - 5 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing and Albemarle Corporation announced a transformative hydroprocessing suite of catalyst and service solutions for the refining industry called the Galexia platform. The platform enables an improved way of doing business, ensuring customer demands are better addressed at every stage throughout the value chain.

“Refiners demand not only superior products, but greater opportunities to create value and optimise their operations,” said Dan Moore, president of ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing. “With a unique, comprehensive solutions suite in the Galexia platform, we are focused on enabling our customers to achieve greater levels of productivity amid an increasingly competitive environment.

“Uniquely leveraging the technical experience, refinery operating know-how and successful track record of both companies, users are given access to state-of-the-art hydroprocessing catalysts and our vast experience in catalyst load optimisation. The Galexia platform goes beyond traditional product offerings to help refiners optimise performance and efficiency by analysing operations and identifying opportunities to extract additional value across the plant.

“The Galexia platform will generate great value as we are combining complementary strengths in years of catalyst development and application knowledge with unique refinery operation experience,” said Raphael Crawford, president of Albemarle Catalysts. “We are ready to collaborate with our customers to take advantage of the full potential of catalyst activity.

The collaboration between ExxonMobil and Albemarle builds on and strengthens their long-term relationship in specialty hydroprocessing. As a result, customers will benefit from access to combined pretreat and dewaxing solutions through a single partner that provides both refinery owner/operator and catalyst experience.

Together, the two companies developed and commercialised the Celestia and Nebula catalysts, which enhance performance and profit margins of both hydrocrackers and distillate hydrotreating units around the world. Albemarle’s STAX technology can optimise combinations of Nebula, Celestia and MIDW catalysts, demonstrating unparalleled performance under the most challenging process conditions – unlocking value beyond the hydrotreating unit made possible with ExxonMobil’s operating knowledge.

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