September 2018

Special Focus: Refining Technology

Viva Energy’s Geelong refinery reduces FCCU turnaround risk

Change involves risk. Many fluidized catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) can be operated more profitably, but changes to achieve more efficient operations can be risky.

Blaser, P., Pendergrass, J., CPFD LLC; Gabites, J., Brooke, A., Viva Energy Australia

Change involves risk. Many fluidized catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) can be operated more profitably, but changes to achieve more efficient operations can be risky. Gains realized by modifying a stable but suboptimal process can be quickly erased if unforeseen, adverse effects are experienced. Such was the case for Viva Energy’s Geelong refinery. FIG. 1. The Geelong refinery in Australia. The Geelong refinery (Fig. 1), formerly part of the Royal Dutch Shell group, is one of four refineries in Australia and employs more than 700 people. The refinery processes approximately 120,000 bpd of crude and supplies more than 50% of Victoria’s—and 10% of

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