What is Shell Synthetic Light crude?

Shell Synthetic Light (SSX) is a light sweet synthetic crude produced from Shell Canadas Scotford complex. SSX is a classic bottomless synthetic blend of hydrotreated naphtha, distillate, and gasoil. SSX yield is heavily weighted in hydrotreated gasoil, and is generally used to fill refinery catalytic cracker or hydrocracker capacity. SSX is produced exclusively from hydrogen addition processes (hydrotreating and hydrocracking).

Light Ends Summary

Property (vol%)Most Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
C3- 0.14 0.10 0.07 0.06
Butanes 3.29 1.45 1.20 0.89
Pentanes 3.15 2.41 2.85 2.24
Hexanes 3.01 3.13 3.59 3.79
Heptanes 2.65 3.70 3.51 3.90
Octanes 2.56 4.18 3.76 4.35
Nonanes 1.79 2.48 2.25 2.51
Decanes 0.84 0.93 0.87 0.94

BTEX

Property (vol%)Most Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
Benzene 0.05 0.09 0.09 0.14
Toluene 0.20 0.37 0.32 0.42
Ethyl Benzene 0.09 0.15 0.14 0.17
Xylenes 0.27 0.43 0.40 0.57

Distillation

TBP ASTM D2892 & D5236
HTSD ASTM D7169

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Most Recent Sample Comments:
SSX-621, Apr 1, 2014

Last 6 Samples

BTEX was slightly reduced in the April sample of Shell Synthetic Light.

Basic Analysis

PropertyMost Recent Sample6 Month Average1 Year Average5 Year Average
Density (kg/m3) 859.7 864.8 865.3 861.6
Gravity (oAPI) 32.9 32.0 31.9 32.6
Sulphur (wt%) 0.11 0.11 0.12 0.11
MCR (wt%) 0.10 0.10 ND ND
Nickel (mg/L) ND ND ND ND
Vanadium (mg/L) ND ND ND ND
Olefins (wt%) - - - ND

*ND indicates a tested value below the instrument threshold.
1 Reference temperatures can be found here

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