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Bill Poe
Improving Profitability in Ammonia Production
Low historical natural gas prices have revitalized ammonia producers by reducing feedstock and fuel costs. Unexpected disturbances, fluctuating supply and demand, throughput limitations, changes in equipment and catalyst capability, and basic control limitations result in ammonia plants that may not operate at their optimum state. Increased profitability of ammonia plants is achieved using advanced process control (APC). APC reduces variability in the process, allowing the plant to run closer to constraints. Increased throughput at lower specific energy consumption and a consistent quality results in increased profit. This presentation provides details on how improved profitability is achieved with APC. September 23, 2015 2 pm EDT, 1 pm CDT Register Now

Boxscore Construction Activity Webcast: Global Project Outlook in a Volatile Price Environment
The Boxscore Global Construction Activity webcast will highlight current trends in construction activity in the refining, gas processing/LNG and petrochemical industries around the globe. This includes a detailed breakdown of active and new project construction numbers and capital expenditure by region, sector, and status; growing regions of activity; leaders in the industry; economic analyses; and the future of downstream construction activity moving forward. September 2, 2015 | 11 am EDT, 10am CDT, 3pm GMT Register Now

Improve Efficiency and Prevent Damaging Corrosion with Ion Chromatography
Corrosion impacts both the profitability and safety of the refinery. Sulfur and chlorides are the two common species that bring corrosion and therefore introduce safety issues to the petrochemical industry. For safe and efficient operation, the concentration of these corrosive species must be monitored by fast and reliable methodologies.

Crude oil desalting, sour water stripping and amine treatment are the common processes used to remove corrosive species. Ion chromatography is a reliable and efficient technique to measure the concentration of corrosive species in each of these applications. For example, IC can be used to optimize the sour water stripping process by monitoring of sulfur and ammonia species. Additionally, the determination of heat stable salts and degradation products such as bicine by IC helps maintain amine capacity and avoid corrosion.

This webinar provides specific application examples of corrosive species monitoring in crude oil, LPG, sour water stripping and amine treatment. Discover how IC or Combustion IC can be used to meet regulatory requirements, improve productivity and increase process efficiency.

Key Learning Objectives 1) Learn how John Powers from SGS leveraged IC to monitor critical corrosion causing compounds 2) Learn how IC and CIC can be used to meet regulatory requirements 3) See application case-studies where IC quickly and reliably analyzes corrosive amine derivatives, heat stable salts, sulfur species and ammonia. August 27, 2015 | 11 am EDT, 10am CDT, 3pm GMT Register Now

Rules of Thumb to Support FCC Operations
This BASF webinar provides simple rules of thumb that can be used to help optimize the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit. The FCC unit is a key contributor to refinery profitability. These rules of thumb can be useful for quick checks, when rigorous calculations may not be warranted. An optimized FCC unit operates with multiple constraints and the use of appropriate rules of thumb can accelerate decision analysis. Each engineer should validate rules of thumb using their own unit data. View on Demand

Ensuring Operator Challenges in Refinery Control & Optimization – User Perspective
Once a plant is commissioned and stabilized, the challenge is to continuously operate the plant reliably at it’s true economic optimum. However, the economic optimum point continuously shifts due to changes in feed quality, feed prices, product specification, product value, marketing constraint and disturbances in upstream and downstream units, feed, intermediates and product storage limitations, as well as with day and night ambient changes. This requires that the operation and technical staff are as agile as possible to take advantage of any opportunity and avoid repetitive postmortem studies and retro analysis. This webinar focuses on Reliance’s approach to resolving these problems effectively. View on Demand

Steven Sendelbach
Ensuring Operator Effectiveness through Operator Training Simulators
Operators struggle today with increasingly complex plants with fewer people responsible for even more tasks. Control room and field operators require extensive DCS and process training and have limited to no experience. Under this premise, companies must be able to easily test control applications and complex control strategies, reduce start-up time, and establish long-term training strategies. One of the best indicators of the efficiency and success of any organization is the level and depth of its personnel training. As operators and personnel switch jobs and/or migrate between various operations, technology holds the key to engaging the next generation of operators. Simulation & Training solutions from SimSci enable continuous sustainment of simulation and training for your assets and operators. This provides: Improved plant safety & operational excellence; Reduced capital expenditure; Faster commissioning; and Increased profitability. View on Demand

George Boyajian
Converting Today's Flared Gas and NGLs into Valuable Products with Small-Scale Gas-to-Liquid Technology
Join Primus Green Energy for an informative webinar on gas-to-liquid (GTL) solutions for monetizing associated gas that is currently flared or stranded. This session will present how small-scale GTL plants profitably convert associated gas into valuable liquids, such as gasoline and methanol. Various gas feedstock options for small-scale GTL will be discussed, including ethane, methane, unprocessed associated gas and CO2. Specific case studies will be covered where ethane and associated gas are converted into liquid using the streamlined, proven STG+ process. View on Demand

Stephany Romanow
HPI Market Outlook 2015
Join the editors of Hydrocarbon Processing as they explore the outlook for the downstream industry in 2015 and beyond. During the webcast, hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) professionals will gain expert insight into the 2015 spending and activities of the global HPI. During this live event, the editors will present projections for capital, maintenance and operating expenditures by the refining, petrochemicals and gas processing industries for 2015. They will highlight economic, environmental and industry trends impacting spending for the year ahead. The 60-minute webcast will also include a Boxscore Construction forecast detailing refining, petrochemical and natural gas/LNG construction projects throughout the world. View on Demand

Lee Nichols

Boxscore Global Construction Activity
Global downstream construction and investment are at an all-time high. This webcast will highlight current trends in the refining, gas processing and petrochemical industries around the globe. This includes a detailed breakdown of active and new project construction numbers by region, sector, and status; growing regions of activity; leaders in the industry; and the future of downstream construction activity moving forward. View on Demand

Chuck Monroe

Optimizing Injector Performance in Wash Water, Chemical Injection, Gas Treatment and Other Applications
There is more to achieving the needed results in chemical injection or wash water applications than supplying the required flow rate and pressure drop. Without consideration of other factors, incomplete reactions, wall wetting, damage to downstream equipment, excessive maintenance, premature injector failure and outages are more likely to occur. This webinar addresses some injector performance factors that can affect these issues.

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Anthony Rossi

Integrated Approach to Optimizing Corrosion Control for Refinery Process and Boiler Systems
Join GE’s Water & Process Technologies Mark Hoel and Anthony Rossi for an informative webinar focusing on integrated solutions for refinery process and boiler chemistry control. This session will provide a review of the effects of neutralizing amines in stripping steam on a refinery crude atmospheric column. In addition, it will discuss a new approach to mitigate corrosion from amine salts in the upper sections of the crude unit and overhead to improve fractionation efficiency. Attend our webinar to learn more about the elements of a successful corrosion control program, protecting valuable capital assets, and optimizing treatment through predictive modeling. View on Demand

Alexis Shackleford

Adapting to the Changing Market Place: Impact on FCC Operations and Catalysts
During this webinar, Terry Higgins from Stratas Advisors and Alexis Shackleford from BASF will discuss the impact crude slates and market trends have on FCC operations and catalysts needs globally. Today, crude slates are shifting towards heavier oils such as Canadian Oils Sands, and at the same time towards light Tight Oils. The market demand for diesel over gasoline and the increasing demand for petrochemical feedstock further challenges refiners to be flexible. As a key conversion unit, the FCC operations and catalyst must be adaptable to maximize profitability in today’s environment. Examples of how BASF’s diverse catalyst portfolio can be customized to meet the current and future challenges of the market place will also be explored. View on Demand

Mick Crabtree

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) - The 'Magic' Black Box
Although the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) has been with us for nearly forty years, its role is still subject to much debate and controversy. For many of its early years, its role was confined to simple sequence control and interlocking. However, with the advance of increasingly sophisticated microprocessor technology, analog capability (particularly PID control) became an integral part of its functionality.This webinar introduces participants to the important concepts of the PLC and why it plays such an important role across a huge range of applications in our industry.
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Heinz Bloch
Heinz Bloch: Using Best Available Fluid Sealing and Lubricant Protection Technologies
In this webcast, Heinz Bloch will describe how best-of-class companies (BOCs) lay the groundwork and follow through with long-term, sustainable top results. The interaction of BOCs with their respective design and field erection contractors, machinery manufacturers and component suppliers will be thoroughly explained. Specific up-front budget commitments which for many decades have given BOCs paybacks of one year and lower are highlighted. Several clear and important examples will be given by the presenter. View on Demand

Stephen Stanley

CB&I’s Technologies: Adding Value to Shale Oil and Gas Projects
The U.S. has become the largest crude and natural gas producer in the world due to the extensive North American shale plays. There is also an abundant supply of ethane, propane and butane which are the primary by-products from crude and natural gas processing. The ethylene industry in North America has been expanding rapidly to process more ethane feed in existing and new crackers. View on Demand

Trung Thien Huynh
Your Guide to Optimal Heat Exchanger Energy and Cleaning Management
Processing opportunity crudes? Be prepared for unexpected challenges! Accelerated asphaltene precipitation can occur when refiners process a mixture of crudes that alter the stability of the asphaltene phase. This can be a major source of unanticipated fouling that can lead to performance limitations within days. This webinar provides an overview of how refineries can implement asset monitoring solutions. Topics to be discussed include: identifying problems with heat exchangers in crude units, what causes fouling, how fouling is detected and monitoring best practices. View on Demand

E JimenezIncremente el desempeño operacional con programas de entrenamiento más inteligentes y rentables

No es un secreto que la calidad de un programa de entrenamiento tiene un enorme impacto sobre el desempeño de una refinería, de una planta petroquímica o de las operaciones de producción. Una fuerza de trabajo bien entrenada y segura de sí misma significa una mayor cantidad de producto dentro de especificaciones, un mayor tiempo de corrida, un mayor beneficio económico y, definitivamente, una menor probabilidad de errores o accidentes costosos. Pero, ¿cómo proveer el excelente entrenamiento que requiere una organización si se cuenta con presupuestos limitados?
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