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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Analyzing process performance with multi-phase instrumentation and control
13 August 2020

Sponsor: Tracerco

Not all refineries are the same and as such, the challenges with blending crude feedstocks vary between facilities.  Fluctuation in crude supply can be beneficial, however it can also bring significant operational challenges during the desalting process that can have an impact further downstream into other parts of the distillation unit.  In this webinar, Tracerco will discuss the solutions available for process analysis and optimization and offer insights which will empower operators to make more informed decisions, be safer and more productive.

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How Digital Transformation at Engineering Firms Will Be a Big Win for Plant Owners
6 August 2020

Sponsor: AspenTech

Join AspenTech, Hargrove, and Zachry Group for an inside look at how EPCs are leveraging digitalization to revamp their engineering processes, provide digital handover to their customers and create digital twins that help ensure that plant owners are getting the most out of their assets.  This presentation and panel discussion will explore what digital transformation means for EPCs during and after project delivery and how these initiatives ultimately benefit their customers, the plant owners.      

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Accelerate Digitalization in Oil and Gas amid Demand Changes and IMO 2020
8 July 2020

Sponsor: AVEVA

The volatility in crude and product prices as well as demand are making even the most current production planning and process models far from optimized. Additionally, fuel oil quality constraints due to IMO 2020 are adding more stringent requirements in terms of feedstocks and sulphur handling. Optimizing feedstock selection and process conditions to match demands must move faster to maximize refining margins and reduce business risks in these uncertain times. The approach to Digital Transformation, if well executed, will enable refineries to quickly respond to volatile market conditions and maximize margins.

Learn how an end-to-end value chain optimization helps redefine your processes, run what-if scenarios, enable deeper collaboration, reduce value leaks, sustain productivity and innovation, and ultimately make better decisions quicker.  Benefits include:

  • Reducing crude evaluation time from days to minutes
  • Reducing refining costs by up to $0.70/barrel
  • Reducing Unplanned Downtime by up to 25%
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Performing Accurate Chloride and Basic Nitrogen Titrations in Hydrocarbons
23 June 2020

Sponsor: Metrohm

Petroleum raw materials, precursors and methanol products are difficult to titrate, and they require the right solvents, non-aqueous titrants and special electrodes to get accurate results. While much attention is typically given to TAN and TBN analysis, non-aqueous chloride titration and basic nitrogen are equally critical and challenging tests to ensure quality and efficacy of these important hydrocarbon products.  

Learn how to implement and optimize the IMPCA-002 method for chlorides in methanol and UOP 269 basic nitrogen method by attending this webinar presented by Sagar Irrinki, Quality Control Manager at Coastal Gulf & International, Inc. Sagar will share how his laboratory navigates executing these tests on various types of petrochemical samples. Kerri-Ann Blake, Product Manager for Titration at Metrohm USA, will provide guidance for electrode selection and best practices for electrode care and replacement. Don’t miss the live Q&A at the end to get all your questions answered by Sagar and Kerri-Ann. 

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Reduce CDU Operational Risk with Plant Digital Twin
19 June 2020

Sponsor: AspenTech

In today's volatile environment, refiners must shift operations to adapt to ever-changing product demands – and do it with an increasingly remote workforce. Plant digital twin technology provides operational insights so engineers can predict potential disruptions from anywhere.

Learn how column hydraulic visualization in the digital twin helps your remote teams:

  • Predict operational issues, such as column weeping during production turndowns
  • Evaluate alternative corrective actions
  • Avoid costly operational outages

See how you can respond more quickly to operational issues in an uncertain climate. 

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Hydrocarbon Processing's Industry Outlook: 2020 Update
11 June 2020

Sponsor: S & B

Over the past several years, the world has witnessed significant downstream capacity growth in all sectors of the downstream hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). However, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected global demand for transportation fuels and petrochemical products, as well as capital spending. Although the HPI has had a rough start to 2020, refined products and petrochemicals demand is forecast to increase in the future. To satisfy increasing demand for refined fuels, petrochemicals and natural gas, every region is investing to increase downstream processing capacity. With more than $1.9 T in announced projects globally, it is imperative that HPI companies receive the most up-to-date and valid information on market trends, and the future development of the downstream processing industry. 

During this live webcast, Lee Nichols will provide a mid-year update on capital projects around the world, as well as major economic, environmental and political market trends that are shaping and influencing the industry in the near-term.

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