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Green change on refining.

INNOVATIVE research aimed at making heavy crude oil refining processes greener and more productive is being carried out by a new tenant at Wilton Centre on Teesside.

GSA Environmental Ltd (GSAE), which has taken space in the centre's specialist research facility the Innovation Accelerator, is pioneering methods of recovering catalytic metals from refinery hydroconversion residues.

Novel hydroconversion technologies are being developed by major licensors around the world. GSAE is developing technology to reduce the carbon footprint, minimise environmental impact and transform the economic performance of this new generation of heavy crude oil refining processes.

GSAE's work involves developing processes for efficient recovery of useful hydrocarbons before treating residues to allow maximum recovery of hydrocarbons and the valuable catalytic and inherent metals.

GSAE managing director Matthew Grimley said Wilton's Innovation Accelerator offered his firm a valuable, bespoke research area to complement existing laboratory facilities in Nottingham and Birmingham to further the company's strategic development.

"As a cutting-edge facility especially designed to help develop new products, it fitted the bill perfectly for us."
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2013
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