Whitepapers

Europe’s Downstream Construction Plans and Move Towards a Sustainable Future
16 April 2019

The downstream markets in Europe and Asia have stark differences. Europe—especially Western Europe—has a mature refining and petrochemical production network. Many plants were constructed dozens of years ago. However, the region is making concerted efforts to boost sustainability, including mandating clean-fuels production and increasing energy efficiency, while mitigating plant emissions and waste. The region is building additional production capacity, but project numbers vary significantly between Western Europe and Eastern Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This whitepaper details major downstream oil and gas initiatives in Europe, along with capital expenditures in downstream project construction.

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Top Dividing Wall Column Technology – a Novel Approach
10 April 2019

The two most important criteria driving the selection of dividing wall columns (DWCs) over a conventional two-column system are energy savings and lower capital cost, while delivering the same product quality as the two-column system. Other benefits include smaller plot area and shorter payback periods. The energy saving benefits are even more pronounced in regions where utility costs are significantly high, like India and Southeast Asia, or in plants where existing utility systems like steam and cooling water are already running close to peak capacity, resulting in little margin for new users. 

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Process Plant Design: The High Cost of Slow Decisions
5 April 2019

Risk analysis is generally performed in the later stages of design to prove that the plant will deliver what it’s supposed to. However, some clever practitioners are now employing it much earlier to speed up decision-making and lock in superior design choices when they really matter -  at the beginning of the project. In this paper, learn how Aspen Fidelis Reliability uses a systems approach that allows you to quantify the true value or cost of different design decisions, planned maintenance intervals, or supply chain constraints.

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Best Practices for Improved Sulfur Repeatability
1 April 2019

With sulfur removal costs in the millions and climbing, refineries can increase overall savings by producing final product closer to the sulfur specification maximum. One way to accomplish this is by reducing variability in sulfur measurements – download our whitepaper to learn more.

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Temporary Heat Exchangers Keep Plants Running Profitably
7 March 2019

Heat exchangers are both a vital process component of every refinery and petrochemical plant and a potential limiting factor in a plant’s operations and profitability. Heat exchangers can foul, leak, or corrode. And whether they occur suddenly or develop slowly over time, these problems may force a plant to:

•Reduce plant/unit rates;
•Miss out on potential profit opportunities;
•Exceed permitted environmental limits with the prospect of significant fines.

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Get Fast Results for Sulfur and Chlorine in Biofuels in Compliance with ISO 20884
1 March 2019

With the push for renewable fuel sources on the rise in regions like Europe, petroleum professionals are looking to utilize technology that allows for quick, on-site measurement of biofuels. With analyzers such as Sindie and Clora, users can analyze critical elements while being method compliant with ISO 20884.

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Canada Comes Late to LNG, Projects and Prospects Mixed
14 February 2019

Increased gas supply from shale and tight gas has decreased US demand for imports, resulting in Canadian plans for two dozen LNG export terminal projects to replace gas sales to USA. Unfortunately, the region has seen very little capacity built to date.

Download this whitepaper to learn more about the present state of the LNG sector in Canada; which projects are under development/in process/planned; the likelihood of completion of any of these projects; and what is the outlook for the future?

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Making Capital Project Management Decisions: Minimize Risk, Maximize Profitability
11 February 2019

When it comes to plant design and reliability, making the best decisions shouldn't be left to subjective perceptions or over-simplified analysis. Decision-makers need quantifiable, trustworthy answers to increase profits and minimize risk. Designing a facility the correct way the first time can save millions in design corrections, debottlenecking or overspending on capital. In this paper, learn how to use robust RAM analysis to handle the real-world challenges of today's process industries--and help you make the best decisions.

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