BenzOUT™ Technology

With tighter margins and increasing regulations, the refining industry has become a challenging industrial market sector. There is increasing demand for efficient refining processes that yield higher quality and environmentally acceptable products. In late 2009, Badger and ExxonMobil met the challenge, offering BenzOUT™ Technology to the refining industry. This technology allows refiners a cost effective solution to lower benzene content in gasoline without utilizing hydrogen while increasing the volume and octane value of the gasoline pool.

BenzOUT™ Technology

BenzOUT™ technology is a reformate alkylation process that converts benzene into high octane alkylaromatic blending components by reacting benzene-rich streams with light olefins such as refinery grade propylene.

Developed by ExxonMobil and licensed through Badger Licensing LLC, this patented technology avoids the octane loss and hydrogen consumption associated with alternative options of benzene saturation. This development expands upon Badger's long experience in ethylbenzene and cumene technology widely applied in the chemical industry.


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Advantages of BenzOUT™ Technology

  • Reduction of benzene content in the gasoline pool to meet the latest benzene regulations
  • 2-5 numbers of (R+M)/2 gain on a full reformate basis
  • Increased flexibility at reformer for increased hydrogen production
  • Upgrade of light olefins and benzene to high octane gasoline blendstock
  • Reduction of reformate Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP)

Benefits of BenzOUT™ Technology

  • Reformate alkylation reduces benzene by reacting a benzene concentrate stream with a light olefin containing stream such as FCC off-gas stream over a proprietary catalyst
  • BenzOUT™ is easily adapted to process either a benzene heart-cut from a stabilizer column or a reformate splitter overhead stream
  • Uses a fixed bed reactor
  • Has flexibility to allow existing catalytic polymerization or saturation reactors to be retrofitted for this application
  • Based on proprietary, highly active zeolite catalysts with long cycle lengths supplied by ExxonMobil
  • Catalyst is regenerable