Process Optimization

Emerson completes acquisition of MYNAH Technologies

AUSTIN, Texas — Emerson announced it has completed the purchase of MYNAH Technologies, a long-time Emerson alliance partner and a provider of dynamic simulation and operator training software.

Honeywell technology selected for largest petchem project in China

DES PLAINES, Ill. – Honeywell UOP announced that Zhejiang Petrochemical Co. Ltd. will use four of its Polybed pressure swing adsorption (PSA) units to supply high-purity hydrogen for its new integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province.

Automation Strategies: Adopting the IIoT: How the industry needs to rethink IT and OT relationships

Fryer, J., Stratus Technologies

For the connected enterprise, what was once just a futuristic ideal is now becoming a reality. Step by step, organizations are beginning to put together the pieces of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Improve energy efficiency with enhanced bundles in tubular heat exchangers

Müller, A., Kropp, A., Köster, R., BAYERNOIL Raffineriegesellschaft mbH; Fazzini, M., Koch Heat Transfer Co. LP

From 2008 to date, 45 twisted tube heat exchangers and bundles have been installed at BAYERNOIL refineries in different units and services, allowing higher heat recovery and contributing to BAYERNOIL’s energy targets.

Recommended practices for fired process heater instrumentation and control

Schaffer, C., Burns & McDonnell

Fired process heaters are one of the most critical pieces of equipment within many refinery and petrochemical facilities. Proper instrumentation and control of the equipment has direct bearing on the successful operation of the process, as well as on overall facility process safety.

Extend unit life at ammonia-urea plants with debottlenecking and equipment replacement

Kumar, K. R. R., Anand, G. V. S., Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd.

Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd. (NFCL) operates a large, modern, integrated ammonia-urea complex with an annual capacity of 1.6 metric MMtpd of urea from natural gas feedstock. The facility is laid out in two units, located in Kakinada in India’s coastal state of Andhra Pradesh.

Neste Jacobs to perform energy study for Unipetrol's Czech Republic refinery

Technology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs and refinery and petrochemical group Unipetrol have signed an agreement for Neste Jacobs to perform a comprehensive energy efficiency study of Unipetrol's Litvinov oil refinery in Czech Republic.

Wood Group awarded automation contract with TPC Group

Wood Group has been awarded a three-year contract valued at $8 MM to deliver process automation engineering services to TPC Group, a producer of value-added products derived from C4 hydrocarbons.

Pakistan's PARCO to upgrade refinery using Honeywell technologies

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Honeywell announced that Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (PARCO) will use technologies from Honeywell UOP and Honeywell Process Solutions to upgrade its Mid-Country Refinery near Multan, Pakistan, enabling it to meet growing domestic demand for cleaner-burning fuels.

Calculate gasoline RVP seasonal change giveaway economics

Barsamian, A., Curcio, L. E., Refinery Automation Institute, LLC

Despite high demand and depressed refining margins, the US is in the midst of a glut of gasoline. This predicament is causing a rush to convert summer gasoline into cheaper winter gasoline, in the hope that using cheap butane and higher Reid vapor pressure (RVP) specs will increase refining profits.