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Since it was founded in 1962, SK Innovation has been a leading supplier of petroleum
energy and developer of the petroleum industry in the country. It has provided clean,
premium-quality fuel oil while making considerable contributions to national energy
security by, among others, developing proprietary technologies used in deep hydro-
desulfurization and opportunity crude processing. SK Innovation will continue to stand
at the frontier of the development and supply of petroleum resources by providing the
most advanced petroleum technologies available in areas such as oil sands processing
and enhanced crude oil output.
Major R&D Project
- 1. Crude Oil Development Technology
In order to procure energy resources, it is important for Korea to secure technological competitiveness in the areas of exploration and
production. To secure the E&P technological competitiveness, SK Innovation is focusing its strengths on R&D for EOR (Enhanced Oil
Recovery) and extra heavy crude upgrading technology.
- 2. Crude Oil Improvement Technology
Since 1985, SK Innovation has built a database on more than 300 kinds of crude oil.
The company studied the properties and yield ratios of crude oil produced around the world as well as that used and processed in Korea. Based on this extensive data, it has developed
technologies to upgrade crude oil in order to provide higher-quality products to customers.
When global oil prices soared in 2000, the company began research on opportunity crude,
a type of oil imported to Korea on a limited basis due to the difficulty of processing it at
refineries, to offer better prices. SK Innovation is committed to R&D on advanced technologies for crude oil processing to offer high-quality petroleum products at more affordable prices.
- 3. Environment-friendly, High performance petroleum products.
SK Innovation invented ‘Enclean,’ a clean, ultra-efficient gasoline, using a special detergent. SK Innovation also developed ‘Solux’
premium gasoline, which assists with acceleration and power and has in turn become a very popular product.
Korea imposes strict regulations on gasoline sulfur content and quality. By applying our design/process technology developed through
our extensive R&D achievements, SK Innovation is able to manufacture eco-friendly petroleum products that meet all industry
requirements. Today, SK Innovation exports more than 50% of its petroleum products to the United States, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere around the world.
- 4. Asphalts
SK Innovation is developing technologies to not only enhance the performance of asphalt roads and reduce costs, but also create eco-
friendly packaging materials and construction methods. The company is taking the lead in asphalt technology with an array of
equipment, including those for asphalt manufacturing and analysis, assessment of penetration and performance specifications, and
the wheel track test. Moreover, it is providing asphalt products tailored for conditions and technical services in China through the
establishment of a Research Institute for Asphalt Roads in Beijing.
SK Innovation has laid a strong foundation for expansion into export markets beyond Asian countries such as China and Japan through
solvent de-asphalting technology, a selective extraction process method. The company has greatly contributed to improving the quality
of asphalt, which is heavily dependent on crude oil. Superphalt™, a world-class type of asphalt modified by a molecular binding
polymer, was made using SK Innovation’s own process and additive technologies.
Superphalt™ greatly lowers costs as its significantly improved resistance to ruts and cracks drastically reduces road damage, allowing
safe driving and more than doubling a road’s lifespan. By using Superphalt™ source technology, SK Innovation has been developing
functional products such as porous asphalt, asphalt for F1 race tracks, long-life asphalt, and highly elastic asphalt. The company is
committed to the improvement of roads in Korea and around the world, reducing costs, and developing eco-friendly construction