We have built specific know-how in studies on pilot plants, in particular in tests on catalytic systems for diesel desulphurisation and heavy diesel desulphurisation/hydrocracking.


The pilot plant is a process plant that serves to replicate the behaviour of large industrial plants.
The scale, size and capacity of a pilot plant lies between the laboratory scale and the industrial scale.

View of the pilot plant room
We have two pilot plants,

with layout and flexibility enabling performance of tests for multiple purposes:

comparative tests of catalysts to assess their activity, stability, hydrogen consumption

process studies to assess the feasibility of processing different feed materials and their impact on process performance

assessment of the effect of specific operating conditions

R&D activities

Screenshot of the control monitors during a process simulation phase

The first unit,
opened in 2001, includes a feed section, two reactors that can be operated in series/in parallel and in up/down flow arrangement and a two-stage separation section.


The second unit,
launched in 2014, also comprises a feed section, a reaction section and a separation section.
The reaction section has three reactors connected in series, with up-flow or down-flow arrangement and independent pressure control.

Operating capacity of our pilot plants

Customised tests based on client requirements

Wide range of industrial feed materials that can be processed (possibility of co-processing tests)

Wide range of operating conditions that can be simulated (P up to 165 barg; T up to 500°C)

Detailed characterisation of the feed materials and desulphurised products by analytical monitoring performed directly by our laboratories

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