Loss Prevention

Specifying internals in sour water strippers—Part 2

Sour water stripping is a common process in petroleum refineries and other processes where hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is present.

Optimizing for viability—VDU revamp in a brownfield project

Revamping an existing column in an operating plant for higher throughput is a challenge, especially when the column is already operating at its rated capacity.

Smart manufacturing standardization: Driving global interoperability for enabling factories of the future

Singh, S., ABB

Smart manufacturing is a topic that has generated considerable discussions within industry and standards organizations.

Unlock margin by interconnecting refinery optimization silos with closed-loop AI

Cohen, G., Imubit

Refineries and chemical processing plants are complicated to model, control and optimize.

Improve reliability and reduce maintenance with advanced analytics

A common misconception in largescale process manufacturing is that minimizing downtime by increasing reliability is the key to increasing profitability.

Implement effective operational discipline programs to improve process safety performance—Part 1

Klein, J. A., ABSG Consulting Inc

Operational discipline (OD) describes human behavior in complying with required systems, every time, to consistently achieve organizational goals and overall operational excellence.1,2

Reduce OPEX and improve sustainability through digital energy optimization strategies

Lau, C., Schneider Electric

Oil and gas companies are looking for quick ways to reduce OPEX amid the pandemic and oil and gas market crises.

Avoid costly stockouts through inventory sharing

Iyer, K. R., M/s Indorama India Private Ltd. (1)

Inventory sharing, per se, is not a new concept; rather, it is a popular practice in the wholesale and distribution business.

Reliability: Plan startups wisely and involve SMEs

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

DE, a retired former colleague of mine, recounted his experience as an expert witness for ABC in litigation against XYZ. (Note that I picked the letters A through M for the plaintiff’s side; N through Z are assigned to the defendants.)

Troubleshoot flooding problems in a crude distillation column

Crude oil is separated into more valuable products, such as naphtha, kerosene, light diesel, heavy diesel and atmospheric residue, in crude distillation units (CDUs).