The challenge as we see it
Many industrial facilities produce a spent sulfuric acid by-product that can be regenerated into a full strength high-quality sulfuric acid. Alkylate is the preferred blending agent for high-quality motor fuel because of its high octane number and low smog creation. Sulfuric acid (H2SO4) or hydrofluoric acid (HF) is used as a catalyst in refinery alkylation units. Once the sulfuric acid reaction occurs to make alkylate, the spent sulfuric acid can be regenerated back to its original high-quality sulfuric acid. Due to the corrosive nature of the acids used in making alkylate, there are severe safety consequences if mishandled.
Our differentiated value
We know how to run a safe and environmentally-friendly sulfuric acid plant and share our knowledge on the safe handling, use and storage of sulfuric acid and spent sulfuric acid with our customers.
- We have supply chain and logistics experts
- We partner with highly-skilled transportation providers to ensure the product gets to you on time and safely.
- We provide training on the handling and management of sulfuric acid products.
Our solutions for sulfuric acid regeneration
Customers have the option of transporting spent sulfuric acid to Veolia’s state-of-the-art merchant facilities or we can build, own and operate an onsite SAR facility that is adjacent to the refinery. Our onsite SAR plants provide a cost-effective, environmentally-sound and flexible alternative to traditional sulfur management systems. These plants not only regenerate the refiner’s spent acid, but also recover part or all of a refiner’s acid gas as sulfuric acid or other sulfur products.
- Cleaner, more effective acid gas and sulfuric acid recovery solutions compared to classic Sulfur Recovery Units
- Enhanced focus on core refinery operations
- Improved operational flexibility
- Potential CAPEX reduction
40 CFR 261.2(e) Materials that are not solid waste when recycled
Our regeneration solutions are recycling-related manufacturing processes that are not considered to be treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous waste and are not considered a solid waste because we use/reuse certain materials as ingredients in an industrial process to make a product.