October 2004

Information Technology

Use an enterprise portal to link plant data with refinery planning tools

Here's how to better automate and integrate the process

Agrawal, A., Balasubrmanian, K., Infosys Technologies

The key tools to enable refinery planning are linear programming (LP) tools. These have been proven to be very useful for refinery economics and planning. Over the past few years, many developments are making LP models even more accurate and realistic. This entails better availability and accuracy of the input data for the LP. The input data comes from two primary sources: Internal data ? refinery operating data, internal best practices, etc. External data ? crude data, product price and demand projections. These data are available in various formats, time periods and specifications. Extensive efforts are still required to classify, structure, cle

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