Friday, August 24, 2007
I was wondering if many countries have crude but import gasoline (Ecuador, Venezuela, Nigeria, Iran) what is the problem to install minirefineries in these places? The transportation cost of crude and refined products is expensive, and refining - if crude is cheap and can be wasted - is not such a high tech industry. A 600 barrel per day mini refinery, mounted on squids, could even be purchased second hand and start working in a few days in Ecuador. The membrane process is less known, but it is also feasible in small, very small scale. I dont know why there are no small local informal refiners that sell lower quality gasoil in these places.