Catalytic Reforming

A refining process using controlled heat and pressure with catalysts to rearrange certain hydrocarbon molecules, thereby converting paraffinic and naphthenic type hydrocarbons (e.g., low-octane gasoline boiling range fractions) into petrochemical feedstocks and higher-octane stocks suitable for blending into finished gasoline. Catalytic reforming is reported in two categories. They are:

  • Low Pressure: A processing unit operating at a pressure less than 225 pounds per square inch gauge (PSIG) measured at the outlet separator.
  • High Pressure: A processing unit operating at a pressure equal to or greater than 225 pounds per square inch gauge (PSIG) measured at the outlet separator.