August 2014

Refining Developments

Innovative modeling of heavy crudes provides competitive advantages

The increase in heavy crude production, together with the diversity of heavy crude characteristics and sources, leads to technical challenges in accurately predicting production and refining process performance.

Beck, R., Ajikutira, D., Ye, V., Aspen Technology Inc.; Rumyantseva, I., Aspen Technology

The increase in heavy crude production, together with the diversity of heavy crude characteristics and sources, leads to technical challenges in accurately predicting production and refining process performance. This has placed a heightened importance on understanding the way in which these crudes will perform in all phases of the oil production cycle. At the same time that natural gas prices in North America place that resource at an advantage, those same low prices, paradoxically, keep the cost of producing heavy crudes competitive (with low prices for steam production and for use of gas as an agent in extraction and transport). The stakes are high for engineers and planners who are under

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