April 2012

Special Report: Petrochemical Developments

Optimize olefin operations

This operating company used process models to find solutions to poor separation performance

Romero, K., Pequiven S. A.

Bulk petrochemical manufacturing is a highly competitive global industry. When margins are tight, manufacturers seek ways to optimize performance and to reduce costs while maximizing yields and revenue. Optimization options include alternative feeds, plant/process revamps and improved operations to achieve better separation and yields to lower energy consumption, to minimize product loss and to decrease maintenance costs. Case history. Pequiven is a leading petrochemical company based in Venezuela. Its products include fertilizers (ammonia and urea), chlor-alkali, methanol, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), aromatics, olefins (ethylene and propylene) and other plastics. Fig. 1 show

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