Xaetech Revamp

by Xaetral

A revamp of most recipes of the game in order to get much closer to reality. For now only the petrochemistry has been modified, the metallurgy is being worked on.

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For anybody who enjoys suffering, I present to you a revamp of most recipes of the game to make them much more realistic.

Only the petrochemistry has been modified, the metallurgy is being worked on.


  • ElAdamo for the fluid-powered boiler
  • SuicideParty for the fluid bottle and rubber icons as well as a liquid furnace prototype (not included in the mod for now)

Here's a small summary of the whole process:

Basic Chemistry:
1) Water can be distilled into pure water and sodium chloride.
2) Pure water can be electrolyzed into hydrogen and oxygen.
3) Sodium chloride can be electrolyzed into sodium and chlorine (see chlorochemistry).
4) Alternatively, water can be electrolyzed into caustic soda and hydrogen chloride (see chlorochemistry).

Petrochemistry (first part):
1) Crude oil gets washed using pure water (produces regular water and clean crude oil).
2) Clean crude oil gets refined into 3 fractions only because I did not want to create new buildings for this mod.
3) These 3 fractions get further refined into 9 fractions, one of these 3 distillation process is a vacuum distillation for the heavier fractions.
4) The vacuum residue gets cracked into lighter fractions (produces a bit of petroleum coke).
5) The heavy gas oil gets hydrocracked into lighter fractions.
6) Gas oil, diesel, heavy naphta and light naphta all get hydrotreated into clean versions (the goal is to remove sulfur).
7) Kerosene needs a better purification so it is first washed using a caustic product (caustic soda in this case) to separate the kerosene mercaptan.
8) Kerosene mercaptan is further processed into kerosene disulfate to extract it (it's the merox process).
9) Kerosene disulfate can then be hydrotreated like the other common fractions.
10) Clean fuel gas is separated from the sour water contained in the crude fuel gas.
11) The sour water is stripped to get clean water out of it.
12) All the hydrotreating processes are consuming hydrogen gas and produce hydrogen sulfide (see the thiochemistry).

Petrochemistry (second part):
1) Gas oil is used as a lubricant.
2) Diesel and fuel gas are used as fuel.
3) Fuel gas may be turned either into olefins (oxidative coupling) or hydrogen (steam reforming).
4) Kerosene is used as rocket fuel when combined with dinitrogen tetroxide (see nitrochemistry).
5) Most other fractions can be turned into aromatics and/or olefins.
6) Explosives are made out of trinitrotoluene, using some nitric acid and having sulfuric acid as a catalyst (see the nitrochemistry and the thiochemistry).
7) The trinitrotoluene needs to be washed before being used, it generates a very toxic product called "red water" that must be get rid of by burning it using oxygen.
8) Rubber is made out of styrene-butadiene that must be vulcanized with a bit of sulfur.
9) Olefins may be turned into ethylene oxide then ethylene glycol to be used as a coolant fluid, needs a bit of sufuric acid as well (see the thiochemistry).
10) Plastic is made out of high molecular weight polyethylene, using olefins and having a bit of ferrocene as a catalyst (crafted from iron and aromatics).
11) You can also make olefins from the methane oxidative coupling process (using only fuel gas and oxygen).

1) Nitrogen can be extracted from the atmosphere using liquid air distillation.
2) Ammonia is made from combining nitrogen and hydrogen in the Haber process.
3) Then the Ostwald process begins by oxidizing the ammonia into nitric oxide and steam.
4) Nitric oxide is further oxidized into nitrogen dioxide.
5) Mixing nitrogen dioxide with pure water will form nitric acid and further nitric oxide.
6) Alternatively nitrogen dioxide may be cooled down to turn it into dinitrogen tetroxide for the making of rocket fuel (see petrochemistry 2).

1) Hydrogen sulfide can be burned with oxygen to get sulfur dioxide.
2) Hydrogen sulfide can also be turned into raw sulfur using the contact process (uses a bit of sulfur dioxide as well).
3) That sulfur can then be turned back into sulfur dioxide by burning it if wanted.
4) Sulfur trioxide is the result of combining sulfur dioxide with some oxygen.
5) Adding pure water to the sulfur trioxide will make sulfuric acid.
6) Adding more sulfur trioxide to the sulfuric acid will turn it into disulfuric acid.
7) But adding pure water to the disulfuric acid turns it back to regular sulfuric acid.

1) Chlorine and hydrogen may be combined to get hydrogen chloride (anhydrous).
2) Mixing metallurgical-grade silicon with hydrogen chloride will give you trichlorosilane.
3) Trichlorosilane can be distilled until it is extremely pure.
4) Then you can get back solar-grade silicon out of it.

1) Wood can be turned into coal.
2) Coal can be turned into coke.
3) Silicon sinter is obtained by grinding together rocks (silica) and coke.
4) Then metallurgical-grade silicon is obtained after the sinter comes out of a furnace.

Future Plan

Extracting titanium from an ore using the Hunter process to make use of the sodium item:
- ore + chlorine => titanium tetrachloride (+ other stuff)
- titanium tetrachloride => refined titanium tetrachloride
- refined titanium tetrachloride + sodium => sodium chloride + titanium

Usage of titanium include a replacement of iron in alternate recipes that would consume less material and be much faster, and it might also be used to produce a super-conducting material (NbTi).

Also using sodium item in the battery recipe (sodium-ion technology).

Stone may be refined to silica:
- stone + sulfuric acid => silica + pure water
Silica would then replace stone as the ingredient of silicon sinter.
Or it may otherwise be turned into calcite (still not sure about the exact process) to be used as a metallurgical flux and concrete production.

Maybe add platinum as a catalyst in a few processes? (like the ammonia oxidation)

And many more stuff to come...