May 2017

Special Focus: Maintenance and Reliability

Continuous corrosion monitoring of crude overhead systems

The growing availability of light tight oils (LTOs) is resulting in a choice for refiners between upgrading metallurgy or chemical inhibition and corrosion monitoring to manage the increased corrosion risk. With tight budgetary constraints in place, many oil companies are opting for chemical inhibition and online corrosion monitoring.

Davies, J., Permasense

The growing availability of light tight oils (LTOs) is resulting in a choice for refiners between upgrading metallurgy or chemical inhibition and corrosion monitoring to manage the increased corrosion risk. With tight budgetary constraints in place, many oil companies are opting for chemical inhibition and online corrosion monitoring. The availability of LTOs is driving US refiners to take advantage of the significantly higher margins that can be achieved from processing this feedstock. Considerable engineering effort is being expended on crude and vacuum distillation towers to cope with a marked change in yield from these crudes from a tower loading and fractionation standpoint. These LTOs

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