Paraffin

Paraffins are straight- or branched-chain hydrocarbons (i.e., they do not contain naphthene or aromatic rings).

In a refinery, a paraffinic hydrocarbon will tend to crack well in a cracking unit (e.g., FCC) and will have higher cetane when blended into diesel, especially if it contains more straight chains and fewer branches. Likewise, it will tend to perform poorly in a reformer and would make a poor (low-octane) gasoline blend stock.

McKinsey uses cookies to improve site functionality, provide you with a better browsing experience, and to enable our partners to advertise to you. Detailed information on the use of cookies on this Site, and how you can decline them, is provided in our cookie policy. By using this Site or clicking on "OK", you consent to the use of cookies.