May 2019

Process Optimization

Case study for a high-performing refinery loss control program

Most refineries have some sort of mass balance and loss control program in place for accounting, planning and scheduling, as well as for financial and operational evaluation purposes.

Valentine, J., Emerson Automation Solutions; Videla, R., YPF

Most refineries have some sort of mass balance and loss control program in place for accounting, planning and scheduling, as well as for financial and operational evaluation purposes. Improvements to mass balance, along with a clear understanding of losses and where they occur, are critical for a refinery’s performance. Hydrocarbon loss-reduction programs can typically save $2 MM/yr–$10 MM/yr for an average-sized refinery. This can be from not only the value of loss material, but also from the introduction of errors in yield models (including catalyst performance evaluation), which affects overall optimization. The YPF refinery in Luján de Cuyo, Argentina has been through a process of conti

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