November 2020

Special Focus: Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation

Virtual analyzers: Shaping the future of product quality

Product quality directly drives price and where hydrocarbons can be delivered.

Product quality directly drives price and where hydrocarbons can be delivered. It is a critical factor in optimizing how oil and gas are produced, transported and refined. Despite the importance of quality, it remains difficult to measure accurately and in real time. This is a daunting task, with product moving quickly and mixing constantly throughout the supply chain. Much of this challenge is due to an inability to perform real-time analyses of specific quality parameters. While sampling programs are widespread in the industry, they have a slow turnaround time and high cost. Given these constraints, the authors’ company started to investigate virtual analyzers. The idea was simple and sou

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