Rethink planning and scheduling’s role in refinery optimization
New tools improve prediction of unit feed qualities and yields
Planning and scheduling are the core business functions
whereby refiners adjust the entire manufacturing process to
improve profits and achieve better results. Whether its
used at a small refinery or a large one, planning and
scheduling can have a major impact on profitability. A case in
point is Valero Energy Corporations 14 refineries with
crude and feedstock throughput ranging from 90,000 barrels per
day (bpd) to over 300,000 bpd. Improved planning and scheduling
can have a positive impact within the refinery as well as
across the companys supply chain. With todays crude
prices pushing past $100/bbl, a small per barrel
impact can be very significant. Regardless of size and
economies of scale, the specifics of planning and scheduling
are applicable throughout the industry. This article will cover
the challenges, solutions, results and benefits of planning and
scheduling in refinery optimization.
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