October 2017

Process Optimization

Optimize a refinery H2 network using spreadsheet tools

One of the major goals in every refining complex is to minimize the utilization of its hydrogen (H2) generation units by maximizing the H2 recovery from residual streams.

Salgado, H., Ecopetrol

One of the major goals in every refining complex is to minimize the utilization of its hydrogen (H2) generation units by maximizing the H2 recovery from residual streams. Achieving this goal can have several benefits, including savings in raw material for H2 generation, commonly natural gas, as well as more room to process opportunity crudes with high contaminants content. Conversely, increasing demand for H2 for processing heavy crudes, and the need to meet fuel specifications, cause refining economics to be highly dependent on the availability and cost of H2. This work provides a straightforward and systematic method to evaluate and optimize the H2 distribution network in a refining compl

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