Despite low energy prices, energy conservation continues to be an important component of business strategy in the oil refining and chemical industries.
HTRI, a provider of research, software and services to the thermal process industries, has acquired SmartPM from IHS Markit, a business information provider.
On April 2, 2010, a catastrophic fire occurred within the naphtha hydrotreating unit in the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington. The final CSB report, including recommendations, was issued in May 2014, more than four years after the incident that resulted in the tragic loss of seven lives. This work critically reviews the CSB analysis of this incident and several of its resulting recommendations.
The last few years have been an extremely challenging period for the oil industry due to the adverse global economic environment and the impact of unfavorable external factors.
The long-term viability of a plant depends on maintaining continuous output and reducing production costs.
Isomerate is useful because it is paraffinic and contains no benzene, aromatics or sulfur. This pentane and hexane fraction of crude oil is known as light naphtha. The main objective of reactions is to increase the research octane number (RON) of the components. Decreasing fuel consumption without changing the product RON of isomerization units is discussed here.
A refinery process fired heater system consists of multiple sub-units, of which the fired heater is the most critical, as it impacts the overall efficiency of the system.
In a Saudi International Petrochemical Co. petrochemical plant, fired heaters are designed to supply heat duty at 7 MW and are one of the major consumers of energy.
There are many potential rules, or guidelines, for the safe operation of process heaters.
The four case studies cover component failures and multiple types of leakage: valve packing, expansion joint and corrosion.