Japan Petroleum Exploration Co.

www.japex.co.jp
Tokyo, Japan

Japan Petroleum Exploration Company Limited is a hydrocarbon exploration, production and transportation company. JAPEX explores and produces crude oil, natural gas and liquefied natural gas reserves worldwide. JAPEX has proven reserves of 272 million barrels in Japan and the rest of the world. Aside from operations in Hokkaido, Akita, Yamagata and Niigata in Japan, JAPEX has major operations in Canada, Indonesia and Libya. Although currently a private company, the Government of Japan owns a 34% stake in JAPEX. Wikipedia.


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Japan Oil, Gas, Metals National Corporation, INPEX Corporation, Nippon Oil Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Cosmo Oil Co. and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. | Date: 2015-09-16

A start-up method for a hydrocarbon synthesis reaction apparatus, comprising: an initial slurry-loading step in which the slurry is loaded into the reactor at the initial stage of the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction at a lower loading rate than that applied to the reactor in a steady-state operation; and a CO conversion ratio-increasing step in which the liquid level of the slurry in the reactor is raised by adding to the slurry the hydrocarbons synthesized at the early stage of the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction so that the CO conversion ratio is increased in proportion to a rise in the liquid level of the slurry in the reactor.


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Japan Oil, Gas, Metals National Corporation, INPEX Corporation, Nippon Oil Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Cosmo Oil Co. and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. | Date: 2015-02-23

The present invention provides a process for producing a hydrocarbon oil by performing a Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction using a reactor for a Fischer-Tropsch synthesis including a reaction apparatus having a slurry containing catalyst particles and a gaseous phase located above the slurry to obtain a hydrocarbon oil, wherein the Fischer-Tropsch reaction is performed while controlling a temperature of the slurry so that a difference T_(2)T_(1 )between the average temperature T_(1 )of the slurry and a temperature T_(2 )at the liquid level of the slurry in contact with the gaseous phase is 5 to 30 C.


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Japan Oil, Gas, Metals National Corporation, INPEX Corporation, Nippon Oil Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Cosmo Oil Co. and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. | Date: 2015-02-04

A start-up method of a bubble column slurry bed reactor for producing hydrocarbons includes: a first step that fills into a reactor a slurry in which a Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction catalyst particles are suspended in a slurry preparation oil with a 5% distillation point of 120 to 270C, a 95% distillation point of 330 to 650C, and a sulfur component and an aromatic component of 1 mass ppm or less, and a second step that, in a state where synthesis gas that is primarily hydrogen and carbon monoxide is introduced into the slurry filled into the reactor, raises the temperature of the reactor and starts the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction. As the slurry preparation oil, one containing predetermined components in preset amounts is used. In the first step, the slurry is filled into the reactor in an amount in which airborne droplets do not flow out.


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Japan Oil, Gas, Metals National Corporation, INPEX Corporation, Nippon Oil Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Cosmo Oil Co. and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. | Date: 2016-09-22

Hydrocarbon oil obtained by Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis reaction using a catalyst within a slurry bed reactor is fractionated into a distilled oil and a column bottom oil in a rectifying column, part of the column bottom oil is flowed into a first transfer line that connects a column bottom of the rectifying column to a hydrocracker, at least part of the column bottom oil is flowed into a second transfer line branched from the first transfer line and connected to the first transfer line downstream of the branching point, the amount of the catalyst fine powder to be captured is monitored while the catalyst fine powder in the column bottom oil that flows in the second transfer line are captured by a detachable filter provided in the second transfer line, and the column bottom oil is hydrocracked within the hydrocracker.


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Japan Oil, Gas, Metals National Corporation, INPEX Corporation, Nippon Oil Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Cosmo Oil Co., Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. and Chiyoda Corporation | Date: 2016-06-01

A synthesis gas production apparatus (reformer) to be used for a synthesis gas production step in a GTL (gas-to-liquid) process is prevented from being contaminated by metal components. A method of suppressing metal contamination of a synthesis gas production apparatus operating for a GTL process that includes a synthesis gas production step of producing synthesis gas by causing natural gas and gas containing steam and/or carbon dioxide to react with each other for reforming in a synthesis gas production apparatus in which, at the time of separating and collecting a carbon dioxide contained in the synthesis gas produced in the synthesis gas production step and recycling the separated and collected carbon dioxide as source gas for the reforming reaction in the synthesis gas production step, a nickel concentration in the recycled carbon dioxide is not higher than 0.05 ppmv.


Patent
Japan Oil, Gas, Metals National Corporation, INPEX Corporation, Nippon Oil Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Cosmo Oil Co. and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. | Date: 2016-02-03

The hydrocarbon synthesis reaction apparatus according to the present invention includes a reaction vessel that brings a synthesis gas having carbon monoxide gas and hydrogen gas as main components into contact with a slurry having a solid catalyst suspended in a liquid hydrocarbon compound to synthesize a liquid hydrocarbon compound using a Fischer-Tropsch reaction; a filter that is provided within the reaction vessel and is configured to separate the liquid hydrocarbon compound from the catalyst; and a powdered catalyst particles-discharging device configured to discharge powdered catalyst particles in the solid catalyst in the slurry to the outside of the reaction vessel.


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Japan Oil, Gas, Metals National Corporation, INPEX Corporation, Nippon Oil Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Cosmo Oil Co. and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. | Date: 2015-02-06

There is provided a method for upgrading hydrocarbon compounds, in which hydrocarbon compounds synthesized in a Fisher-Tropsch synthesis reaction are fractionally distillated, and the fractionally distillated hydrocarbon compounds are hydrotreated to produce liquid fuel products. The method includes fractionally distilling heavy hydrocarbon compounds synthesized in the Fisher-Tropsch synthesis reaction as a liquid into a first middle distillate and a wax fraction, and fractionally distilling light hydrocarbon compounds synthesized in the Fisher-Tropsch synthesis reaction as a gas into a second middle distillate and a light gas fraction.


Patent
Japan Oil, Gas, Metals National Corporation, INPEX Corporation, Nippon Oil Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Cosmo Oil Co. and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. | Date: 2015-02-04

Provided is a hydrotreating step (A) containing a hydroisomerization step (A1) that obtains a hydroisomerized oil (a1) by bringing a FT synthesis oil into contact with a hydroisomerization catalyst and/or a hydrocracking step (A2) that obtains a hydrocracked oil (a2) by bringing it into contact with a hydrocracking catalyst, and a fractionation step (B) that transfers at least a portion of the hydrotreated oil (a) composed of the hydroisomerized oil (a1) and/or the hydrocracked oil (a2) to a fractionator and, at the very least, obtains a middle distillate (b1) with a 5% distillation point of 130 to 170C and a 95% distillation point of 240 to 300C, and a heavy oil (b2) that is heavier than the middle distillate (b1).


Patent
Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. and Japan Fine Ceramics Center | Date: 2015-05-13

The helium gas separator material includes a base portion and a gas separation portion joined to the base portion. The base portion is composed of a porous -alumina material which has communication holes with an average diameter of 50 nm to 1,000 nm; the gas separation portion has a porous -alumina portion containing a Ni element and a silica membrane portion which is disposed on the inner wall of the communication holes in the porous portion; and the average diameter of pores surrounded and formed by the silica membrane portion is 0.27 nm to 0.60 nm.


Patent
Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. | Date: 2015-03-25

A production method for natural gas according to the invention includes a step of adiabatically compressing a raw natural gas containing helium gas, a step of separating the helium gas from the raw natural gas by passing the adiabatically-compressed raw natural gas through a separation membrane unit, a step of conveying the raw natural gas from which the helium gas has been separated to a terminal through a pipe line, and a step of pressing the helium gas separated from the raw natural gas into an underground storage formation.

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