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Using Simulation Software to Achieve Operational Excellence

BASF

Bill Poe
Schneider Electric Software

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.

Sponsors: Schneider Electric
May 17, 2016 10am CST

HPI Market Data 2016 Webcast

Hp

Lee Nichols
Hydrocarbon Processing

Discover what’s in store for the global refining, petrochemical and natural gas/LNG industries in 2016 and beyond. Produced by the editorial staff of Hydrocarbon Processing and including exclusive data provided by governments and private organizations, HPI Market Data is the hydrocarbon processing industry's most trusted forecast of capital, maintenance and operating expenditures.


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Troubleshooting the FCC Unit for Catalyst Losses

BASF

Alvin Tan
BASF

Abnormally high losses of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst from the regenerator or reactor is a problem that almost all FCC units will face at some point. Solving catalyst losses from the FCC Unit is crucial to refiners as high catalyst losses impact unit operations, the environment, and will often lead to a unit shutdown. During this webinar, Stuart Foskett and Alvin Tan from BASF will discuss the various causes of catalyst loss issues in FCC units. Some fundamental principles will also be discussed, along with how to monitor, troubleshoot and handle catalyst loss problems.

Sponsor: BASF
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Removing the Barriers to Better Process Safety Designs

Ron Beck

Ron Beck
AspenTech

Safety and regulatory compliance are time-consuming elements of conceptual and basic engineering. With the Chemical Safety Board scrutinizing process safety today, it is more critical than ever to incorporate safety analysis within your process modeling environment. Doing so allows organizations to confidently achieve compliant pressure relief and flare network designs at the lowest cost, and remove bottlenecks during the FEED and pre-FEED stages of capital projects. Register for this webinar today to learn how to achieve the safest, highest quality designs at the lowest cost.

Sponsor: AspenTech
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Mobility Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry: Enabling your workforce anytime, anywhere

BASF

Samuel Harrell
Intel

Together, Schneider Electric, Intel, and Microsoft provide high-performance mobility solutions for the oil and gas industry. Listen in to hear why this partnership offers enterprises real-time visibility into their plant environments and supply chains. The joint mobile offerings enable offshore, onshore, transport, and processing to confidently embrace reliability, safety, and productivity. These solutions provide a complete life-cycle approach, clear methodology, and worldwide presence that allow for consistent service and delivery of energy management benefits across the globe.

Sponsors: Intel, Schneider Electric
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Marketing Strategies for the Oil & Gas Industry:
Gain Market Share and Build Trust in a Down Market.

BASF

Chris McCullough
Marketing Consultant

Chris McCullough, Marketing Consultant, and Gulf Publishing Company for this sixty-minute webcast, during which attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to: Develop a marketing mindset for the current environment; Show ROI and get buy-in from the C-suite on your 2016 marketing plan; Discover and properly deploy your most valuable marketing asset (hint: it’s not what you think); Make every advertising dollar stretch, and 3 ways to build trust with your ideal prospects.

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Automated Moisture Analysis of Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Other Petrochemicals

BASF

Lori Carey
Metrohm

Measuring the true water content in liquefied gas is a challenge facing refineries, fracking operations, and natural gas processors. Techniques commonly used today include freeze valve testing and humidity sensors which only provide an overview of the sample’s wetness. Depending on the type of gas, water may have a stronger affinity for either the liquid or the gaseous phase. Since these common methods are limited to measuring only the gaseous phase, it is impossible to get a true, quantitative moisture measurement.

Karl Fisher technology can be used to measure absolute water content in liquefied gas. A KF Gas Analyzer uses mass-flow technology to quantitatively sample liquid or gas phases in compressed LPGs and perform low-level Karl Fischer titration analysis. Accurate and repeatable moisture detection as low as 5ppm in samples like propane, butane, ethylene, and butene ensures a product that is safe for transport or optimal for use in high-quality chemical and polymer production.

Sponsor: Metrohm
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Improving Profitability in Ammonia Production

BASF

Bill Poe
Schneider Electric Software

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.

Sponsors: Schneider Electric
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Boxscore Construction Activity Webcast: Global Project Outlook in a Volatile Price Environment

BASF

Lee Nichols
Hydrocarbon Processing

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.

Sponsor: BadgerMeter
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Improve Efficiency and Prevent Damaging Corrosion with Ion Chromatography

BASF

John Powers
SGS

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. View on Demand

Sponsor: Metrohm
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Rules of Thumb to Support FCC Operations

BASF

Stuart Foskett
BASF

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.

Sponsor: BASF
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Ensuring Operator Challenges in Refinery Control & Optimization – User Perspective

BASF

Fareed Khan
Reliance

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.

Sponsor: SimSci by Schneider Electric
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Ensuring Operator Effectiveness through Operator Training Simulators

Steven Sendelbach

Steven Sendelbach
Optimal Process Solutions

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.

Sponsor: SimSci by Schenider Electric
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