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Corrosion: Maintaining profitability with opportunity crudes while mitigating naphthenic acid corrosion

Refiners are asked to produce products within ever tighter margins in a changing industry.

Gajdacsi, A., Emerson Automation Solutions

Refiners are asked to produce products within ever tighter margins in a changing industry. Operators that strive to increase their profitability often turn to cheaper but more corrosive opportunity crudes; however, that is not without risks. These risks most often manifest as unplanned shutdowns caused by the detection of unacceptably high corrosion activity in a certain area of the plant. If unnoticed and unmitigated, this excessive corrosion could result in a hydrocarbon leak and in the worst case, an explosion or fire. Such an event may lead to human tragedy, extended business interruption, loss of custom, the cost of extensive rebuilding of equipment, negative impact to the company’s br

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