October 2015

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Improve refinery margins with new crude selection concept

A refinery with an active crude selection strategy encompassing dedicated staff, preapproval of all new crudes and an updated crude acceptance window can gain $0.5/bbl–$1/bbl vs. a more passive strategy.

Knudsen, P. U., Statoil Refining Denmark; Maleki, S., Frontline Systems, Inc.

A highly recommended article in Hydrocarbon Processing by J. C. M. Hartmann1 discussed the differences between planning how to perform refinery activities related to operation and crude selection (considering economics) and scheduling when to do it (considering space and time). Hartmann advocated these considerations as two different exercises, but it is now time to challenge this idea. The authors’ experience is that a refinery with an active crude selection strategy encompassing dedicated staff, preapproval of all new crudes and an updated crude acceptance window can gain $0.5/bbl–$1/bbl vs. a more passive strategy. This amount can be even higher if the refinery staff is willing to take r

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