June 2009

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Optimize plant performance using dynamic simulation

This plant case history illustrates the benefits

Al-Dossary, A., Al-Juaid, M., Saudi Aramco; Brusamolino, C., Meloni, R., Snamprogetti; Harismiadis, V. I., Mertzanis, V., Hyperion Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation

Dynamic simulation is becoming an important tool for checking out and optimizing plant design leading to improved plant performance. In this work, we present the benefits obtained from applying dynamic process modeling to the compression and medium-pressure steam utility section of a grassroots gas–oil separation plant in the Middle East. Plant construction is in progress and the plant startup is planned for the first half of 2009. As part of the plant design, the engineering company performed a steady-state simulation of the system to check heat and material balances and equipment sizing. Critical areas were also modeled in dynamic mode and a high-fidelity study was conducted. This s

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