June 2015

HPI Focus: Energy Efficiency

Reducing energy costs while improving efficiency

Better energy management can make the difference between profit and losses. The question facing owner-operators is: how to reduce energy costs while satisfying site energy needs?

Ruiz, D., Bolíbar, Á., Ruiz, J. P., Soteica Visual MESA; Morrón, G., Alonso, D., Repsol Química

Under the present market conditions, better energy management can make the difference between profit and losses. The question facing owner-operators is: how to reduce energy costs while satisfying site energy needs? On top of the traditional focus on reliability, the addition of an optimization culture can help improve the margins while increasing energy efficiency. Refineries and petrochemical plants usually deal with high energy costs. The Repsol Química Tarragona petrochemical complex in Spain, one of the largest in Europe, has implemented a real-time energy management system for such a purpose. The system relies on a model of the petrochemical complex that accounts for the steam,

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