How Changing Economics and Technology will Impact the Energy Industry
16 October 2019

Sponsor: AspenTech 

Energy economics are changing. With uncertainty, even volatility surrounding future energy demand, pricing, a circular plastics economy and other market forces, companies need to be prepared to remain profitable. Where does digitalization and AI technology fit into the equation? What are industry leaders doing today to gain a competitive edge?

Please join Hydrocarbon Processing Editor-in-Chief Lee Nichols for a lively discussion with industry experts Carole Nakhle, CEO, Crystol Energy and Ron Beck, Energy Industry Director, AspenTech as they address these hot-button topics:

•    What's required to realistically achieve sustainability?
•    How will the circular economy impact the downstream market?
•    How will digitalization shape operations in the refining/petrochemicals industry?

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

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A New Era for Alkylation: Ionic Liquid Alkylation -- ISOALKY™ Process Technology
10 October 2019

Sponsor: Honeywell UOP

Chevron and Honeywell UOP have developed a commercially viable next-generation alkylate gasoline manufacturing process, ISOALKY Technology, which has performance benefits (yield, product octane number, safety and environmental) over the conventional acid-based processes. The ISOALKY Catalyst is a non-volatile ionic liquid that operates efficiently via on-line regeneration with the added benefits of no acid soluble oil (ASO) disposal and no solid by-product formation. 

ISOALKY technology can be used for green field plants or retrofit/expansion of existing alkylation units and the capital and operating costs are comparable to or better than other commercially available alkylation processes.   The Technology is being commercialized in two refineries: one for retrofitting of a Chevron HF alkylation plant and the other for a grass-root alkylation plant.  Construction for the Chevron conversion project began in 2018, with the ISOALKY plant due for startup in late 2020.  Start-up of the second commercial plant is expected in 2021.

In this presentation, we introduce how ISOALKY Technology provides greater flexibility in feedstocks, smaller volume of catalyst required, optimized operating conditions to increase octane and to allow use of lower metallurgy such as carbon steel, and decreased risk in transportation and handling of the solution.

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Building a Digital Twin for the Hydrocarbon Industry
3 October 2019

Sponsor: Bentley Systems Inc

Operators of refineries and petrochemical plants are overwhelmed with masses of data coming in from sensors and control systems and making sense of this information alongside accurate engineering information about the plant is hard. Can digital twins help? 

Plant owners need easy access to accurate, up to date, engineering information and they need tools that make it simple to keep that engineering data up-to-date over the lifecycle of the plant, reflecting changes due to routine maintenance, turnaround or large-scale revamp projects. 

This webinar will present a new solution developed as a collaboration between Siemens and Bentley Systems that demonstrates how to build a Digital Twin of your plant leveraging the information you already have, integrating and visualizing that information together in more meaningful ways.

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Value Chain Optimization - How Digital Strategies Can Drive Enterprise Collaboration and Unlock Additional Value to the Business
26 September 2019

Sponsor: AVEVA

Refining and petrochemical companies are constantly pressured to operate with tightened margins and they are seeking for ways to revolutionize their business and stay competitive. The digitalization of the value chain, also known as value chain optimization is a growing trend, but many companies heavily investing in digital technologies are failing to obtain economic return. 

Charles Rieb and Joachim Boese will present their insights from decades of industry expertise and will share how some companies are overcoming the challenges of digitalizing their value chain. Learn more about business processes transformation driven by technology that create added value through a real connected value chain.

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Complex FCCPT/FCC Performance Gains through an Integrated Approach
19 September 2019

Sponsor: Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Processing advantaged FCC feedstock can be economically attractive, but its quality can challenge unit operations.  Closely tied with the upstream FCC Pretreat unit, optimizing FCC operation, margin and reliability requires an integrated approach.  Shell Catalysts & Technologies provides global refiners with differentiated technology enablers, from the newly launched CENTERA GT™ catalyst portfolio to the industry recognized FCC feed nozzles.  This session will discuss the “One-Team” holistic approach to optimizing the FCCPT/FCC complex from a licensor/operator point of view.

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Environmental Considerations for Gas Pipeline Construction in Sensitive Areas
11 September 2019

Presented By: Vepica

Ambioconsult, a subsidiary of Vepica, developed an environmental and social impact assessment for a subsea/land gas pipeline in Venezuela. This webcast will provide details on how the project lessened environmental impact and complied with regulations and stringent conditions, such as the presence of national parks and endangered species. The presenters will provide the steps they used to achieve social and environmental sustainability in a capital-intensive natural gas pipeline project.

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Ionikylation: Commercially Proven, Non-Hazardous, Non-Corrosive, and Environmentally Friendly Alkylation Technology of the Future
30 July 2019

Presented by: Well Resources, Inc.

Environmental sustainability and safety are important considerations when operating chemical processes. Traditional alkylation technologies utilize corrosive catalysts such as sulfuric acid or hydrofluoric acid, and these chemicals pose serious safety and environmental concerns when handled in large quantities. In addition, a number of recent high profile refinery explosions in the United States has renewed discussions over the use of dangerous chemicals near urban centers.

Ionikylation is a novel alkylation technology that uses a proprietary composite ionic liquid as the catalyst to produce alkylates that meet or exceed the quality of those produced from traditional means. The non-hazardous and non-corrosive nature of the catalyst allows process equipment to be manufactured using carbon steel and minimizes risks to refinery personnel. Join Well Resources’ Dr. Keng H. Chung as he discusses the development and widespread deployment of Ionikylation in Asia-Pacific and shares results and experience from commercial plant operations.

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How Oil & Gas Companies Are Transforming Operations with Drones & Data
17 July 2019

Sponsor: Honeywell 

We recognize that unexpected shutdowns can result in $1M in losses every day you have to take your equipment offline. Honeywell’s drone inspection and data analytics team work to reduce these events by working alongside our UOP field engineers to ensure every asset is inspected properly.

Join us for this educational webinar as we discuss how drones and data analytics are being used in oil and gas companies to lower cost, reduce unexpected shutdowns, improve safety and more. See the cost-savings for yourself and learn more about how Honeywell’s drone inspection and data analytics services can help your business achieve its goals.

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