Webcasts

Return on Training: How the Shell Scotford Complex uses OTS to stay modern
12 November 2020

Sponsor: AVEVA

The Shell Scotford Complex is one of North America’s most efficient, modern and integrated hydrocarbon processing sites, converting oil sands bitumen into marketable products. It includes a bitumen upgrader, oil refinery, chemicals plant, and carbon capture and storage facility. For more than a decade, Operator Training Simulators (OTS) from AVEVA have helped increase efficiency, safety, and profitability. The popular OTS program continues to drive Shell Scotford into the future as automation and run-lengths increase and new technologies become profit centers.

Join us to hear how the Shell Scotford Complex:

  • Cut operator training time in half by practicing upsets in the OTS at any time
  • Implemented procedures to reduce downtime for decoking turnarounds from 2.5 months a year to once every four years
  • Validated a new control system for a highly dynamic process in the OTS
  • Prepares for the future with VR training and remote project execution
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Understanding Gas Grab Sampling Systems
11 November 2020

Sponsor:Swagelok

Optimizing your chemical processing costs and maintaining high-quality outputs requires that you capture representative, timely samples of process fluid for later analysis. Yet, finding the right sampling system requires you to understand sampling system design principles and many process factors, including sample pressure, temperature, phase, compatibility, and chemical composition. Swagelok helps chemical processing companies build, maintain, and operate reliable sampling systems every day, and their engineers have designed standardized, locally configurable grab sampling solutions to make sampling simpler and safer. Join this webinar to hear from one of these engineers, learning what it takes to develop high-performing grab sampling systems and what you should consider to find a gas grab sampling solution that works for you. 

Learnings: After attending this webinar, you will walk away better understanding:

  • Grab sampling and online analyzer differences  
  • Benefits of grab sampling  
  • Basic design principles 
  • Sample container selection 
  • Standard cylinder panels
  • Cylinder design options
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Making Shell’s Digital Twin Dreams a Reality
28 October 2020

Sponsor: AVEVA

Shenoy Janardhan, Global Strategic Account Manager at AVEVA will share how AVEVA’s cloud digital twin Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) helped Shell form their Digital Twin strategy. He will also cover how the combination of Operational, Maintenance and Engineering information supported by a governing Information standard is enabling the Oil & Gas major to pursue their ambition of empowering a connected worker strategy.

During this webinar, we will cover:

  • How AVEVA solutions have powered Shell’s Digital Twin strategy
  • How data is compiled and contextualized starting as early as the design phase of the project to empower processes throughout the asset lifecycle
  • Share some of the most rapid paths to value at different stages of the asset, from CAPEX through to OPEX
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Overcome Margin Leakage and Maximize High Value Product Yields with Dynamic Optimization
20 October 2020

Sponsor: AspenTech

Refineries and petrochemical plants are looking for ways to reduce margin leakage that occurs between production planning, scheduling and actual operations. AspenTech’s dynamic optimization technology, Aspen GDOT™, along with its first-in-class unified Production Optimization environment, Aspen Unified™, help align plant operations with changing economic conditions to optimize production in real time.

The new capabilities in V12 Aspen GDOT enable you to:

  • Improve collaboration and consistency in decision making across planning, scheduling and operations
  • Run your plant to its limits by using consistent optimization and constraint handling with your APC layer
  • Deliver a more optimal plan by providing planners with an accurate view of current process constraints
  • Train users faster with the simple and intuitive flowsheet environment

Register for this live webinar to learn how you can leverage Aspen GDOT to enable your planning, scheduling and APC layers to work, adapt and optimize together.

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Improved Asset Integrity through Continuous Corrosion Monitoring and Predictive Analytics
15 October 2020

Sponsor: Honeywell 

Characterization and evaluation of corrosion damage in refineries has gained importance due to the need for safety, reliability, throughput and operational integrity for unit facilities. Corrosion affects a variety of areas, from direct damage to pipeline and equipment, unplanned downtime and loss of process efficiency, to hazardous operational conditions for the personnel and the community, the equipment and facilities and the environment. An advanced continuous corrosion monitoring and analysis solution is required to detect and prevent corrosion damages and enable timely decision making to improve overall asset integrity. 

This webinar presents an innovative approach for continuous corrosion monitoring and predictive analytics that enables a comprehensive asset integrity analysis. This approach includes the ability to:

  • Continuously estimate corrosion rates for multiples materials and damage mechanisms
  • Calculate average corrosion rates and quantify cumulative corrosion damage
  • Evaluate the impact of operating conditions on corrosion rates
  • Validate the effectiveness of Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs) to keep corrosion rates within limits
  • Estimate future wall thicknesses, corrosion allowances and dates where thresholds are reached

Please join our Industry Experts for a discussion about the industry challenges related to corrosion damages and its effects in asset integrity and to learn about Honeywell innovative solutions for continuous corrosion monitoring and predictive analytics.

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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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