December 2017

Process Optimization

Continuous catalytic regeneration reformer optimization: A result of change in mindset

In today’s industrial environment, where refiners are struggling to improve gross refinery margins, around-the-clock process optimization is a must.

Kumar, K. S., Shukla, S., Shreya, K., Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

In today’s industrial environment, where refiners are struggling to improve gross refinery margins, around-the-clock process optimization is a must. This is particularly true when refineries change the crude type they process every second day. Crude switching impacts the quality of feed to downstream units like the continuous catalytic regeneration reformer, which, in turn, impacts its operation and product quality. The best way to achieve optimization is by using smart operators—process control. Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. Mumbai Refinery entered the world of process control in 1987. As the fifth generation of process control engineers at the Mumbai Refinery, the authors have translated th

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