June 2001

Process Optimization/Refining

How to efficiently plan a grassroots refinery

To select the best processing configuration and investment decision, this refiner used LP modeling, plant cost estimation and IRR analysis to find the optimum solution

Adams, D. J., Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions; Cadenhouse-Beaty, P. J., Cadchem (Pty) Ltd.; Eberhardt, J., Maiti, S. N., Lurgi Oel Gas Chemie; Kundu, S., Lurgi India Co., Ltd.

Building a grassroots refinery is a high-risk venture. Many factors critically impact this investment, such as plant location, available feedstocks, end-product mix, crude oil pricing, environmental issues (local, national and global), licensed processing technologies, etc. So what precautions can be utilized to minimize project risks? In this case history, an Indian refiner contemplates these mentioned issues that would impact building a grassroots refinery in the southern state of Tamilnadu. As part of the evaluation, investigators used a linear programming (LP) model to construct a holistic view of the new facility. From the model results, the designers could make critical decisions on pr

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