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Digital Transformation – Key Elements to Achieving and Sustaining Operational Excellence
9 October 2020

Sponsor: Siemens 

Data complexity has been an ongoing often unanswered challenge for petrochemical companies since the dawn of digitalization. It is a challenge for which a well-defined Digital Transformation initiative that enables efficient data management, visualization and activity orchestration can guarantee maximum levels of cross-functional collaboration and performance. The current environment has brought a new sense of urgency for improving plant performance while providing added levels of agility and resiliency. Siemens and Sinclair will discuss during this Webinar the key role Operations Intelligence plays in an overall Industrial IT ecosystem to leverage existing systems and capabilities to achieve incremental benefits and enable overall organizational performance improvements.

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Chevron Lummus Global: Hydrocracking In Addressing Changing Product Demand Patterns
6 October 2020

Sponsor: Chevron Lummus Global

The pandemic dramatically brought down the worldwide demand of gasoline and jet fuel; diesel demand dropped less to keep trucking and freight trains running. Hydrocracking units remained in production because of their ability to make high-quality diesel and/or naphtha. With the demand for transportation fuels growing far slower than the demand for petrochemicals, hydrocracking remains an essential building block in the conversion of crude to chemicals. Implementation of IMO Fuel Oil sulfur specifications from 2020 will accelerate the need to hydrocrack residue-derived barrels. Chevron was the first to commercialize modern hydrocracking in 1959, and CLG has designed and commissioned most of the world’s largest hydrocrackers. This webcast highlights the versatility of the hydrocracking process and catalyst technology in adapting to the changing product demand patterns and changing feed diets. The audience will hear from our experts about tailored solutions for transportation fuels, lube oil base stocks, and petrochemical feedstocks.

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Affordable Blue Hydrogen Production
30 September 2020

Sponsor: Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Are you…

  • Under pressure to decarbonise your existing operations?
  •  A resource holder looking for ways to thrive through the energy transition and create value from natural gas by become a low-carbon energy producer?

With carbon dioxide costs at $25–35/t, blue hydrogen is already competitive against grey and, according to the International Energy Agency, green hydrogen will remain more expensive beyond 2030. For greenfield projects, oxygen-based hydrogen production systems offer advantages over steam methane reforming. In a recent example, the Shell Blue Hydrogen Process cut the levelized cost of hydrogen by 22% compared with autothermal reforming through reducing capital expenditure by 17% and operating expenditure by 34%.

Register to learn about the economic advantages of blue hydrogen production using the highly integrated Shell Blue Hydrogen Process based on mature Shell partial oxidation and pre-combustion carbon dioxide adsorption technologies.

We will:

  • Explain why the world needs blue hydrogen;
  • Examine which technologies are best for greenfield applications;
  • Show how the Shell Blue Hydrogen Process can reduce the levelized cost of hydrogen by 10–25%; and
  • Demonstrate the technologies’ maturity with reference to case studies.
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New Value: The Evolution of Temporary Utilities in Refining and Petrochemical
18 September 2020

Sponsor: Aggreko

New value is currently being realized by owners who maximize the use of specialty, electrical distribution and innovative engineering design.  The first step in achieving new value is utilizing a plant’s existing electrical infrastructure to provide temporary power.  This approach alone can provide measurable:

  • Cost savings
  • Reliability improvements
  • Electrical safety
  • Emission reduction 
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Lummus SRDC: Advanced FCC technology for ultra-high olefin and aromatics yields
15 September 2020

Sponsor: Lummus Technology LLC

The refinery outlook has been influenced recently by many factors such as stringent automotive fuel specifications, stricter environmental regulations for bunker fuels and gathering momentum for electric vehicles. Projected future demand for transportation fuels, in particular gasoline, is expected to decline while consumerism of a rising middle class is predicted to increase demand for light olefins, aromatics, polymer resins and their derivatives. These factors are driving growth in petrochemicals, recently shifting the focus to crude to chemicals. 

Upgrading low value streams to higher value products by employing creative and cost effective solutions is an important consideration. This presentation will highlight how Lummus’ Single Regenerator Dual Catalyst (SRDC) Technology and its integration with Resid Fluid Catalytic Cracking (RFCC) create operational and product flexibility for ever-changing markets.

Applications where SRDC is advantageous:

  •  RFCC operators looking to increase propylene production 
  •  The paraffinic nature of U.S. shale light tight oil producing surplus naphtha and minimizing naphtha exports at lower value 
  •  For refineries planning to process heavier feeds or decrease gasoline production, and  refineries requiring high octane blend stock 
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How to Optimize Your Process Performance with a Cloud-Based Predictive Analytics Platform
10 September 2020

Sponsors: Honeywell and Wood

Data is changing the landscape and improving the quality, productivity and safety of operations that have been limited by traditional methods.  The future is a connected plant - advanced technology and digital twins that enable real-time expert monitoring and unit performance enhancement.  

Honeywell has combined their leading cloud-based predictive analytics platform, known as Honeywell Forge Process Advisor, with Wood’s process technology and asset insight, to deliver an advanced Digital Delayed Coking solution. Digital Delayed Coking allows operators to continuously access expert domain knowledge, optimize performance in a more dynamic way and ultimately increase the reliability and profitability of their Delayed Coking Units.

In this co-hosted webinar with Honeywell and Wood experts you will learn:

  • What is the future of a connected plant?
  • How to keep existing assets operating optimally
  • How digital twins enable real-time expert monitoring
  • How to increase the reliability and profitability of a Delayed Coking Units

Join this co-host webinar to discover how Honeywell Forge Process Advisor can help ensure the reliability, efficiency, and safety of your operations.

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Driving Profits for the Future: The Integration of Refining and Chemicals
1 September 2020

Sponsor: AspenTech

How are you using technology to implement the changes needed to stay competitive?  Though market uncertainties remain, one thing is clear: the ability to integrate the production of chemical intermediates into the refining process will be a profit driver in the coming years.

Join industry experts as they discuss how digitalization can be used to evaluate economic opportunities as well as existing asset constraints to make better business decisions.  Learn how you can:

  • Run systems-based risk models to evaluate best application of capital
  • Use industrial AI to improve refining – chemical systems modeling
  • Evaluate and improve sustainability of designs
  • Test and validate opportunities using advanced planning

During this webinar we will share recent input received from many global industry leaders. We encourage you to join the conversation and submit questions in advance when registering.

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Lummus Technology’s Olefins Conversion Technology (OCT): A Sustainable Path to Propylene
25 August 2020

Sponsor: Lummus Technology

Since 1985, Lummus' OCT has been an innovative solution to produce olefins and has been licensed at 50+ units globally. Lummus' process utilizes metathesis chemistry to produce propylene by reacting ethylene, butenes, and pentenes.

The central features of the Lummus OCT process are high selectivity to propylene, low energy consumption and low CAPEX. OCT is flexible to process butenes and/or pentene feedstocks that are becoming increasingly difficult to blend into gasoline pools. Another feature is the ability to operate in a reversible mode to produce ethylene and butenes to comonomers from propylene; providing operating flexibility during volatile market conditions.

OCT can be integrated with:

  • Steam crackers to supplement propylene production, which enables the cracker to shift to a more efficient “Max Ethylene” mode
  • Refineries via Lummus’ Low Pressure Recovery (LPR) units to recover olefins from refinery offgases
  • Lummus' Dimerization technology, which creates a direct path from ethylene to propylene; ideal for Gas Cracker plants and regions with a surplus of ethylene to pivot into the propylene value chain
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