December 2020

Special Focus: Plant Design, Engineering and Construction

Reframe to boost innovation: Increase operational flexibility in the coker gas treatment unit

Often, when challenges are presented within tight time constraints, the industry can jump to a solution without proper analysis: “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions."

Hormazábal, C., Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (ENAP)

Often, when challenges are presented within tight time constraints, the industry can jump to a solution without proper analysis: “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Here, the author shares the experiences of one challenge and the benefits of reframing it. A construction project for a delayed coking complex (DCC) in a refinery is used as an example of sustainability here. The author spent 11 yr as a plant manager for the delayed coking unit (DCU) during its incorporation into the Aconcagua refinery in Concón, Chile. The DCU was installed with two coke drums to boost production changes during each cycle. However, this is not the only challenge of installing a DCC in a refinery: the

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