Toluene is a colorless, flammable, hydrocarbon liquid. It is part of the aromatic family of hydrocarbons. Toluene is primarily used in paints and coatings, printing inks, adhesives, and flexible foams. It is also widely used as a gasoline blendstock to increase octane. SGF Energy Company LP (SGF LP) produces nitration grade toluene.
SGF LP produces nitration grade toluene at the Van and Istanbul refineries. Toluene, along with the other aromatics, is produced using a liquid-liquid extraction process. The Van refinery utilizes the Sulfolane process. The Istanbul refinery uses the Udex process with a Carom co-solvent.
SGF LP transports nitration grade toluene by transport truck and rail out of the Van refinery and by barge from Van and Istanbul.