Aromatics Transalkylation Process

GT-TransAlk process technology produces benzene and xylenes through transalkylation of the methyl groups from toluene and/or heavy aromatics streams. The technology features a proprietary zeolite catalyst and can accommodate varying ratios of feedstock, while maintaining high activity and selectivity.

Aromatics Transalkylation Process

The C9/C10 aromatics stream is mixed with toluene and hydrogen, vaporized and fed to the transalkylation reactor section. The reactor gaseous product is primarily unreacted hydrogen, which is recycled to the reactor. The liquid product stream is subsequently stabilized to remove light components. The resulting aromatics are routed to product fractionation to produce the final benzene and xylene products. The reactor is charged with a zeolite catalyst, which exhibits both long life and good flexibility to manage feed stream variations including substantial C10 aromatics. Depending on feed compositions and light components present, the xylene yield can vary from 25% to 32% and C9 conversion from 53% to 67%.

Process advantages:
• Simple, low-cost fixed-bed reactor design; drop in replacement for other catalysts
• Very high selectivity; benzene purity is 99.9% without extraction
• Physically stable catalyst
• Flexible to handle up to 90+% C9+ components in feed with high conversion
• Catalyst is resistant to impurities common to this service
• Moderate operating parameters; catalyst can be used as a replacement to other transalkylation units, or in grass roots designs
• Decreased hydrogen consumption due to low cracking rates
• Significant decrease in energy consumption due to efficient heat integration scheme.

Licensor: GTC Technology

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