Process Optimization

Gazprom Neft implementing advanced process control systems at Moscow refinery

An advanced process control (APC) system is being implemented at the Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery, directed at increasing effectiveness and optimizing the operation of the plant’s production facilities. The new system has been installed throughout 2016 at the plant’s crude distillation units, catalytic reforming units, gas fractionating facilities, gas-fractionation and hydrotreatment facilities for diesel fuels.

Grace to license process technology to Dongguan Grand Resources, China

COLUMBIA, Md. -- W. R. Grace & Co., supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, contracted to license its UNIPOL PP process technology to Dongguan Grand Resource Science & Technology Co. Ltd. in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Commercialization of pyrolysis oil in existing refineries—Part 2

Arbogast, S., Bellman, D., Paynter, D., Wykowski, J., AOTA Energy Consultants LLC; Baldwin, R. M., National Renewable Energy Laboratory

In Part 1 of this article, economic incentives were estimated for relaxing the requirement that biocrude entering the refinery infrastructure be oxygen (O2)-free. It was concluded that an accurate estimate of these incentives is not possible without a significant amount of additional data. Part 2 examines key issues that must be addressed and the associated data needed for this constraint to be relaxed.

Automation Strategies: Next-gen automation services support operational excellence and reduce project cost

O'Brien, L., ARC Advisory Group

Major suppliers are expanding their automation-related service capabilities from project and engineering services through services for operations and maintenance. This is happening partly in response to overall automation market conditions, but largely in response to evolving user challenges and requirements.

Performance testing: The key to successful revamps

Lieberman, N., Process Improvement Engineering

Process unit revamps often do not result in a refiner achieving its desired objectives. This is typically not the result of mechanical defects with process equipment.

Use the right model to unlock utility system potential

Gómez-Prado, J., Hutton, D., KBC Process Technology Ltd.

Although we have entered a new era of low energy prices, energy still represents one of the largest, but most easily managed, operating costs in the hydrocarbon industries.

Dixon Valve & Coupling acquires ADS Controls

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Dixon Valve & Coupling Company, a manufacturer and supplier of hose fittings and accessories, announces the acquisition of Automated Design Services, Inc. (ADS Controls) of Covington, La.

Schneider Electric’s new engineering process simulation unveiled

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Schneider Electric announced availability of SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities, a new platform to manage how processes are engineered across their entire lifecycle. With this platform, users can streamline process utility design, collaborate for process improvement and simplify modeling complexity. Benefits include reduced time and cost, an appealing user experience for the next generation of engineers and accelerated process simulation and design.

Solve operator training in a challenging refining industry

Alamo, J., SNC-Lavalin Inc.; Ross, M., Honeywell Process Solutions

Workforce reduction, the expected retirement of baby boomers, personnel leaving the industry in search of better opportunities, and the lack of jobs for new graduates will create a skills deficit once the industry begins growing again.

Commercialization of pyrolysis oil in existing refineries—Part 1

Arbogast, S., Bellman, D., Paynter, D., Wykowski, J., AOTA Energy Consultants LLC

In Part 1 of this article, the incentives and information needed to relax the constraints of being O2-free are outlined. The authors hope that this perspective provides new directions for improving the economics of using pyoil to produce advanced biofuels (ABFs).