Bottom-of-the-Barrel Vessels: Cleaning Best Practices
22 September 2016

Sponsor: ZymeFlow Decon Technology

Bottom-of-the-barrel units are historically some of the most difficult units to clean during a turnaround or outage. Over the years there have been no real advancements in solutions to reduce tars, hardened coke, asphalt deposits, or phenol heavy ends. Many facilities resort to opening the vessel and performing large amounts of mechanical removal. As more of these units have gone into production to capitalize on opportunity crudes, the problem has only worsened.

Common industry solutions will be reviewed before introducing next generation best practices. An emphasis will be put on time savings, reduction in mechanical cleaning requirements, and suitable applications. Several case studies will be presented including a coker unit TAR that processes heavy Venezuelan crude.

  • Comparison of standard bottom-of-the-barrel cleaning techniques
  • Introduction of next generations best practices using proprietary chemistry
  • Technology application review: packed coke conditioning, heat exchanger efficiency
    improvement, bottom of the barrel processing units
  • Case studies including coker unit TAR processing heavy Venezuelan crude
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Transform refinery operations for improved profitability with RefineryWise™
20 September 2016

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

Refineries are challenged with sustaining and improving margins, and retaining knowledge from a retiring workforce. Embarking on a journey of transformation based on Refinery Digitization is imperative for improved profitability and sustainability. RefineryWise™ from Schneider Electric Industry Solutions focuses on improving refinery operations business processes and workflows. A holistic approach for the oil and gas industry, it includes performance management, technology adoption and lifecycle optimization, RefineryWise helps to improve revenue by up to 5% and lower operation costs by up to 10%. Learn how RefineryWise can be part of your business strategy to drive higher profitability. 

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Boxscore Construction Activity Webcast
15 September 2016

Global downstream construction continues to thrive. 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.

As new opportunities emerge in the global HPI, Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database aims to give companies the tools and perspective to recognize market trends and win new business. The global HPI is more competitive than ever. By providing timely, accurate information about current projects, Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database provides subscribers with actionable insight that they can apply towards their own market research, budgeting and planning.

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Xodus Group Employs Practical Applications of Dynamic Simulation to Reduce Cost and Risk
7 September 2016
Sponsor: AspenTech

In today’s market, dynamic simulation has become mission critical to the success of projects, especially when tight cost margins are on the line. During this webinar, Craig Mackay from Xodus Group will describe practical applications of dynamic simulation throughout the lifecycle of a recent project, from front end engineering design (FEED) to commissioning.

Learn how Aspen HYSYS® Dynamics helped Xodus to:
  • Minimize CAPEX by reducing relief capacities
  • Reduce the risk of equipment damage, maintenance costs, system trips and operator interactions
  • Provide key information to commissioning teams
  • Utilize relief, surge, startup and commissioning analysis to reduce costs
Join us to see the opportunities dynamics could be providing for your team!

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Operational Excellence by Using Dynamic Simulation for Steam Shedding Studies
21 July 2016

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

The goal of any steam network is to ensure that steam can be provided to all consumer facility safely, efficiently and without interruption. However, after a steady-state simulation is used to design a steam network, dynamic simulation can be used to evaluate the “as designed” process and control strategy to maximize likelihood that it can provide stable and uninterrupted operation. In fact, dynamic simulation can be used for:

  • Design validation
  • Relief valve size & safety validation
  • Control system validation
  • Testing/Tuning of feed forward controllers
  • Sensitivity on design boiler rating
  • Determination of amount of steam to shed and which unit
  • Determination of the duration of steam shedding.
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Model Based Approaches to Achieve Operational Excellence in Natural Gas Processing
22 June 2016

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

Adoption of a model-based culture has great potential to improve the performance of Natural Gas Processing operations. Throughout the entire plant lifecycle, from master planning and feasibility studies to design, start-up, operation and debottlenecking, process and economic models can be used to improve profitability for the various business scenarios encountered. This webinar will provide a glimpse of the many opportunities available for Natural Gas Processors to incorporate a model based culture to achieve operational excellence with greater agility. Various process and economic modeling approaches will be explained as well as the potential benefits that may be expected. Actual examples of the effective use of process and economic models that have provided a competitive edge for Natural Gas Processors will also be presented.

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Moving the Operating Window: Could a Revamp Improve your Competitive Future?
1 June 2016

Sponsor: Shell Global Solutions

Many refiners are using revamps to overhaul, modify or fine-tune their configurations to match the prevailing market conditions better. Compared with a grassroots project, revamps can offer an enhanced return on investment, a lower capital cost and a shorter gestation period. However, they are often substantially more challenging.

In this webcast, we will explain how to identify whether a revamp could unlock value at your facility and reveal some of the best practices that can help mitigate the challenges of such a project. In addition, we will review several real-life revamp projects that added substantial value to their facility’s economics. For instance, how a customer increased hydrocracker conversion to enhance middle distillate yield; or another customer revamped both its vacuum distillation unit and its hydrocracker to provide an optimized feed for a new lubricant base oil plant.

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Using Simulation Software to Achieve Operational Excellence
17 May 2016

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

The pursuit of efficient, effective, and reliable operations to achieve optimal profitability for a process is part of a well-defined business strategy. Simulation software is just one of the tools that you can use to obtain the process clarity needed to promote operational excellence. Simulation software allows you to evaluate the current process and optimize that processes and its people. Focusing on operational excellence maximizes profitability through lower operating and energy costs, optimized process conditions, and improved employee productivity. It empowers operators, engineers, and managers to perpetually seek for, and drive, process improvements while minimizing risk.

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