I am process engineer of Naphta Hydrotreating units in a Refinery with capacity of 350000 bbls/day. In this moment the refinery it has in storage tanks gasoline with higher weight percent in MTBE above 2 % weight. However this gasoline will be send to co-processing in VGO Hydrotreating unit (FCC Pretreatment) where according with our evaluation it is possible co-processing this naphta by dilution in the reactors taking in account because HDO reactions, will have more heat release, hydrogen consumption and water generating.
So we could hydrotreated this naphta in VGO hydrotreating unit, however the quantity of oxygen compounds like MTBE was about 20-40 ppm. This naphta is send to the naphta fractionator and will be separate in Light naphta (LVN) and heavy naphta (HVN), and the HVN stream is send to NHT unit. But the problem is, according with opinion of process engineer of NHT unit, the feedstock to NHT should not have oxygen compounds (0 ppm) in order to avoid fouling in the preheat train by gum formation, but the catalytic scheme installed in the reactor of NHT there are CoMo and according with my evaluation, after dilution of this naphta previous introduce to the NHT, the concentration of ppm in MTBE will be lower and i have read and studied, that in NHT units, the most of oxygen compounds are converted around 90 %, so in my oppinion would have not problems in send this feedstock to NHT unit.
My question is, does it exist a maximum concentration in ppm of oxygen compounds like MTBE in feedstock to naphta hydrotreating units? and which will be the main impacts in point of view catalytic and heat transer in the preheat train?