Process Control

What are the financial savings from a refinery cybersecurity program?

Ayral, T., Honeywell Process Solutions; Fligner, M., Liberty International Underwriters

Recently, the authors developed a first-pass financial estimate of the savings resulting from the implementation of a cybersecurity program for a 100-Mbpd refinery.

Digital: Looking to boost safety? Reliable operations are the key

Carugo, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

Equipment failures are the thorn in every industrial plant’s side.

Advanced process control of debutanizers makes use of inferential predictions

Ferrari, L., Harrison, P., Total; Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

Following good experience with a generalized cut-point calculation (GCC) inferential package, which models main fractionators with side streams, French energy major Total decided to experiment with a generalized distillation shortcut (GDS) inferential package, which models simpler, two-product distillation columns.

Managing process contaminants in amine treating units—Part 1: Lean amine filtration

Engel, D., Nexo Solutions; Northrop, P. S., ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.

Installation and operation of suitable contaminant removal systems, such as filtration, coalescing and adsorption equipment, have become key components in amine units.

Show Preview: IRPC Europe returns to Italy this June

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Energy Information and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to provide a preview of IRPC Europe 2018, which will be held June 5–7 in Milan.

Configuration study and design of sour water stripper units for a refinery revamp

Das, S., Singh, N. K., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

As demand for oil products increases, refiners are expanding the capacity of their crude processing facilities to accommodate higher throughput.

Create a network of dividing wall columns in complex process units

Kalita, R., Kanda, A., GTC Technology US, LLC

The majority of dividing wall column (DWC) applications in the refining industry consist of standalone columns, whether a retrofit or a grassroots column.

Using valve diagnostics at startup to save time and money

Raymond, S., Emerson Process Management

Early detection of valve problems with diagnostics prevents small issues from escalating into major incidents when production starts.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ross Systems and Controls (SysCon) recently completed the qualification to self-certify its touchscreen purged panels as meeting the rigorous standards of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL-698A Code and the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA-496 Code.

Measuring steam flow to flares

Menezes, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

Refinery flare stacks are designed to combust all manner of unrecoverable hydrocarbon gases and vapors to avoid putting them into the atmosphere in their original form.