Webcasts

Proven and Cost-Effective Solutions for CO2 Reduction in Ethylene Plants
11 November 2021

Sponsor: Lummus Technology

Ethylene plants are the core unit in most petrochemical complexes and the CO2 production from a world-scale cracker is quite large. With the pressure to reduce emissions today, Lummus Technology believes the move of operators toward net-zero CO2 output for steam crackers will occur in phases as the technology evolves, requirements are implemented and solutions are commercially demonstrated. There are, however, several competitive and cost-effective strategies available today to reduce a plant’s CO2 emissions that can be economically implemented, particularly when coupled with a capacity expansion project.

Join us for a discussion where our experts will review the technologies available, considerations and strategies of implementation, and how these solutions can be applied to decarbonize an ethylene plant.

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Optimize Early Plant Design, Estimating and Construction Planning with Aspen OptiPlant 3D Layout™
2 November 2021

Sponsor: Aspen Technology, Inc.

With digital initiatives underway in the process industries, equipment layout, piping design, cost estimation and construction planning are getting a long-overdue overhaul. Learn how you can more easily move your engineering and estimating data across these functions for faster, more efficient FEED completion and handoff to detailed design. 

Join industry experts from AspenTech® and Black & Veatch as they share how innovations in Aspen OptiPlant 3D Layout help you:

  • Automate piping layout and equipment configuration
  • Connect your equipment and piping layout to your estimate
  • Achieve early construction planning for smooth execution
  • Reduce costs and schedule with a modularization strategy
  • Digitally hand over FEED data to detailed engineering

There will be a Q&A session following the event moderated by Lee Nichols with Hydrocarbon Processing.

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New techniques for process safety risk management
29 October 2021

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

As the world and global economy becomes more digital, market changes and pressures are becoming more dynamic. First, the speed of business continues to increase at a remarkable rate, which means business risks and variables, everything from fluctuating energy and feedstock costs to cybersecurity threats, are changing almost daily. Second, global policy initiatives and regulations that strive to create a more sustainable world mean companies now need to operate more efficiently, reliably and safely than ever. 

Identifying, mitigating and managing business, operating and environmental risks in real time or near-real-time has become essential for the short- and long-term success. With that in mind, it is time to challenge the status-quo and revisit risk-management strategies, particularly the strategies used to mitigate process safety risks, and explore how they can help you optimize your operations for a more sustainable performance. 

3 things the viewer will learn:

  1. Emerging elements on Process Safety Risk Management
  2. Effective Process Safety Risk Management during Operation and Maintenance phase of Safety lifecycle
  3. Dynamic Risk Visualization of Hazardous Events and associated Layer of Protections
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Fundamentals of a Successful Turnaround
27 October 2021

Join Hydrocarbon Processing, Aggreko and Evoqua as we explore the fundamentals of a successful turnaround.

Proper Planning to Mitigate Risk, Reduce Operating Costs and Increase Efficiencies. 30 years ago equipment was owned and maintained by the site owner. The equipment was expensive to maintain and added additional overhead. Additionally, there was no return on capital. In the mid-90’s, accounting laws changed making rentals favorable to Capex. This has created the rental industry as we know it today, with a keen focus on price, timely deliveries and  cost reporting. Leading with price has resulted in fewer services, creating a knowledge gap where owners order from a catalogue with limited input from the suppler. Clients need more from a supplier than a spec sheet – they need a technical resource with value added deliverables. We are going to discuss how proper planning can lead to a successful turnaround by mitigating risk, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. 

Water and Vapor Solutions Maintenance Turnaround Events. Water and vapor emissions play a critical role in plant turnaround and maintenance events. Turnaround Teams are focused on safety, schedule, compliance, and budgets during a turnaround where water and vapor control can be an afterthought. With stringent emission limits and wastewater constituent loading on plant assets, turnaround events can pose challenges for operators. Incorporating a reliable water and vapor treatment specialist within front-end planning process can help support a successful turnaround. Find out how multi-solution providers such as Evoqua can mitigate compliance pitfalls and support turnaround events to ensure a safe and timely event occurs.

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ISOTERRA and Biofuels ISOCONVERSION: Advanced Pathways to Renewable Fuels
19 October 2021

Sponsor: Chevron Lummus Global

This webinar will present two options offered by Chevron Lummus Global for producing high-quality distillate fuels from renewable sources such as algal oil, vegetable oils and used cooking oil. 

CLG’s novel ISOTERRA process is an all-hydroprocessing route that can be operated to maximize yields of ASTM-approved renewable diesel or sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The two-step process involves hydrodeoxygenation of the feed followed by dewaxing to meet final cold flow property specifications. The ISOTERRA process is ideal for revamping existing hydrotreaters to renewables service as the process can be implemented in either one or two reactor stages. 

Our jointly developed Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process employs hydrothermal cleanup, catalytic hydrothermolysis and hydrotreating steps to produce a high yield of diesel or jet fuel products as desired. Biofuels ISOCONVERSION can accept lower-cost unrefined feeds and consumes less hydrogen compared to all-hydroprocessing routes.

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Turn Up Your Process Heater Performance with New Connected Combustion Insights
13 October 2021

Sponsors: OnPoint, A Koch Engineered Solutions Company

Fired heaters represent an area of high risk for operating companies. Global monitoring of combustion variables is essential for maintaining basic operations and a minimum level of safety. In this webinar we will discuss a new platform which transforms the way operators monitor and optimize their fired heaters for improvements in emissions, safety, reliability, and profitability.

Top tier refiners and chemical producers are experimenting with and implementing analytics and machine learning tools promising to boost throughput and efficiencies while reducing downtimes. The issue is that while many of these solutions can help expose problems, they don’t advise how to correct them. OnPoint’s EMBER™ software is unique in that it uses analytics and machine learning in combination with first-principle models from industry leading subject matter experts to provide real-time actionable recommendations to optimize your process heater combustion performance.

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Powering Digital Transformation in the Process Industries
8 October 2021

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

This webinar will review the trends in digitization that are driving global digital transformation efforts. In this case, the focus will be on the process industries and getting the most value from these efforts. We will explore why a departure from a business as usual approach is essential and the power that analytics and data aggregation can bring to this manufacturing sector. We will close by reviewing how EcoStruxure Plant Advisor- Process Performance Console is necessary to enable transformative performance in the process manufacturing sector.

This webcast will cover:

  1. Explanation of the role of digital transformation in the process industries
  2. Understanding the power that data analytics and associated information aggregation can provide
  3. The introduction of Ecostruxure Plant Advisor - Process Performance Console as the means to access and provide the data to transform and drive operational excellence
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Overcoming Seasonal Cooling Problems in Distillation Column Overheads
21 September 2021

Sponsor:  Aggreko

Some of the most ubiquitous and, in our opinion, most serious problems confronting operators are the results of seasonal or diurnal variations in ambient air and cooling water temperatures. Generally, distillation column overhead cooling systems are designed for some sort of average summertime cooling water or air temperature. These are routinely exceeded, according to seasonal weather data, for extended periods during the peak summer months. Also, over time, column throughputs have been increased as units were debottlenecked or when other process changes were made. On occasion, purity specifications may change, inexorably becoming more stringent.

We will show examples of how it is feasible to restore column overheads cooling capacities to winter-like conditions by installing temporary, or seasonal, supplemental cooling solutions. Also, we discuss some of these techniques that have been proven successful in a large number of past applications in the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and complex chemicals industries.

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