June 2012

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Use adaptive modeling to revamp and maintain controllers

The right tools can improve refinery APC applications

Harmse, M., Lodolo, S., Aspen Technology; Esposito, A., Autuori, A., eni S.p.A. Refining and Marketing Division

ENI Refining and Marketing (ENI R&M), like many other operating companies, found itself challenged to properly maintain its large, installed base of existing advanced process control (APC) applications with a reduced workforce. Frequent lube oil production changes were being made to capitalize on supply chain opportunities. The limited APC resources were struggling to keep up, as these changes required updates to the controller models to ensure that the APC solutions continued to generate the highest value. After reviewing new tools and methodologies to improve efficiency, ENI R&M selected performance monitoring, automated testing and adaptive modeling tools for APC from a trusted technol

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