Webcasts

Capturing Additional Value from your Hydrogenation Unit: Key insights derived from supporting high-performing units around the world
30 April 2020

Sponsor: Shell Catalysts & Technologies 

Operating a hydrogenation unit profitably in today’s market environment can be challenging.  While confronting safety concerns, many operators also experience shorter-than-expected cycle lengths and difficulties meeting product specifications.

Meanwhile valuable opportunities are emerging. Advances in nickel catalyst technology are enabling these units to process a wider range of feeds and the energy transition is creating new markets. 

Shell Catalysts & Technologies, through supporting worldwide customers and Shell owned hydrogenation units, has developed special insights. In this webcast, we will:

  • Provide insights into catalyst selection and explain why simultaneously optimizing the process, including the recycle loop, is key to increase performance
  • Take a deep dive into the deactivation mechanisms that can cause catalysts performance to decline
  • Discuss how Shell’s customer driven R&D programs, enable it to optimize catalyst systems in the conventional and emerging markets
  • Share examples of the value that can be unlocked when an operator improves their unit’s performance.
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The Core of a reliable Digital Twin for an Industrial Asset begins with an EPC 4.0 Strategy
21 April 2020

Sponsor: AVEVA

Industrial assets are looking to empower their workforce with Digital Twins to optimize an assets performance, safety, profitability and even sustainability.  The core of an industrial assets Digital Twin is trust in its "as built" engineering data (physical representation of the plant) and its models (behavior of the plant). Learn how a data centric EPC 4.0 strategy allows Owner Operators to collaborate with their contractors on a single system to deliver accurate engineering information across the asset’s lifecycle, reducing design errors, project delays and unplanned shutdowns and ultimately build the core of a reliable Digital Twin.

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Energy Infrastructure Update: Short-term changes for long-term gain
16 April 2020

The oil price collapse and COVID-19 pandemic have thrown the energy industry into turmoil with the new market conditions leading companies to review the status of their global project portfolios. This fast-paced environment necessitates that decision-makers take a holistic approach to managing infrastructure in the midstream and downstream markets. As you look to the future, join the next Energy Web Atlas webcast to gain industry perspective that will allow your company to better navigate the months ahead.

Join the Energy Web Atlas as we take a closer look at the following:

  • What projects have updated their status in:
    • Global refining, gas, and petchem
    • Global pipelines
    • Global LNG import/export facilities
    • Lower 48 pipelines
  • What projects have been put on hold?
  • What projects are still moving forward?
  • Where are these projects located?
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Make Every Piece of Your Reactor Count: Mitigate Pressure Drop in Minimum Reactor Space
7 April 2020

Sponsor: Honeywell UOP

Hydroprocessing unit operators know every particle added to the feed process increases pressure drop and takes away from cycle length.  The result is unplanned shutdown time, reduced cycle time and a financial loss that can often creep into millions of dollars a year.

To mitigate this risk, operators seek ways to make the most of existing plant equipment by integrating new, more efficient technologies. The ideal solution is one that can maximize existing space and provide the best benefit.

To better help customers achieve this goal, Crystaphase and Honeywell UOP are integrating market-leading technologies that can enable processing heavier feeds, longer operations, extended time between turnarounds, and help inter-cycle skimming.

Join us for this interactive webinar and you’ll learn:

  • The science behind pressure drop
  • The first line of defense against crusting
  • How a ground-breaking technology can enable layers of protection, with flexibility that helps reduce unexpected problems

Plus, you can have your questions answered by a panel of Crystaphase and Honeywell UOP experts

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The Digital Twins of Process Plants in Practice – Improving Resilience and Performance
24 March 2020

Sponsors: Siemens and Bentley Systems

Jointly developed for the process industry by Siemens and Bentley, PlantSight is an open, cloud-based solution that makes it possible to collect, connect, contextualize, validate and make use of all existing plant data. It creates a complete, reliable and updated digital twin of a plant, not only integrating 1D, 2D and 3D data, but also bringing visibility to dark data, which is a type of unstructured and unlinked data.

The speakers will cover a real user experience, showing how PlantSight made it possible to achieve a new level of collaboration across all disciplines and all levels. They will discuss how new cloud services are changing the way they work, and how this is enabling them to derive and deliver greater value from their assets and resources.

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Optimize Your Operations and Gain Insights on Your Assets with Digital Twin Technology
17 March 2020

Sponsor: AspenTech

What is a digital twin? Why is it an essential building block for your organization’s initiatives, such as sustainability, operational excellence and improved margins? Leading energy and chemical companies are leveraging digital twin technology to model the behavior and performance of assets to improve their bottom line.

Please join AspenTech’s Marketing Strategy Director and industry expert Ron Beck as he shares how digital twin technology provides the following benefits:

  • Increased visibility into energy and water use
  • Improved sulfur recovery and reduced emissions
  • Improved utilization across a multi-asset network

There will be a live Q&A session following the event. We encourage you to join the conversation by submitting questions when registering.

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Asia's Natural Gas Midstream in Focus: Tracking Key Investment Patterns and Potential Impacts
12 March 2020

Speaker: Chris Cothran

Asia drives global LNG demand!

LNG exporters to Asia have a slew of challenges to contend with, including the prospect for project sanction delays, demand-side factors impacted by global health scares, relative economic underperformance and trade disputes and wars. Constraints continue as the global natural gas prices keep decreasing.

In this webcast we will discuss:

  1. Key drivers, challenges, and the impact on the Asian LNG capacity investment thru 2025.
  2. The effects of potential oil-linked vs hub-based pricing in the Asian project economic context.
  3. Critical factors supporting or inhibiting project progression.
  4. A five-year outlook on anticipated capacity expansion for key Asian LNG import nations, including China, Japan, India, and South Korea. 
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Advances in Sulfuric Acid Alkylation: McDermott’s Lummus CDAlky® Technology
11 March 2020

Sponsor: McDermott Lummus Technology

With demand for alkylate rising, Lummus Technology’s CDAlky® gasoline alkylation process is a versatile solution for refiners utilizing readily available feedstocks to produce motor fuel alkylate. The low temperature sulfuric acid alkylation process reacts light olefin streams from a variety of sources such as fluid catalytic cracking units and steam cracking units together with isoparaffins to produce high performance motor fuel alkylate.

Central to the CDAlky process is an advanced reaction system design that significantly improves mass transfer relative to conventional contactors without using moving parts inside the reactor. The CDAlky reaction system operates at substantially lower temperatures than conventional alkylation processes, thus minimizing undesired side-reactions. CDAlky is therefore able to produce a higher quality alkylate product while consuming significantly less acid than conventional technologies. As CDAlky does not require rotating mixers or caustic/water post-treatment steps, the process is far less complex than conventional designs, thereby reducing initial capital cost, minimizing maintenance expense, and improving operational reliability.

Lummus Technology successfully commercialized the CDAlky process in 2013, and since then, interest in the technology has expanded dramatically. Lummus has established a strong position in the marketplace with 14 licensed units in place, and additional opportunities in the proposal and design pipeline. This webcast will introduce the key advantages of the CDAlky technology and will present options for improving refining operations by adopting this flexible, innovative technology. 

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