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What is the ‘refinery of the future’?

07.01.2014  |  Romanow, Stephany,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [refining] [automation] [computers] [modeling] [safety] [reliability] [process control]

For years, technology experts and engineers have discussed the elements and operations that will define the refinery of the future. The refining industry has made great progress from the early days. However, old and older does not directly correspond to being obsolete. The American Refining Group (ARG) Inc. still operates the oldest continuously running US-based refinery at Bradford, Pennsylvania. This 10,000-bpd refinery began operations in 1881, and it still produces high-quality waxes, lubricant base oils, gasoline and fuels, as well as a wide variety of specialty products. Much has changed in the 130+ years since this ARG refinery began, and it continues to upgrade Pennsylvania crude into consumer products.

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