One of the key parts of the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit is the Q&A Panel sessions. I attended the Crude/Vacuum Distillation & Coking Q&A session with a panel of experienced refiner professionals. The first question was about meeting H2S...
Better Handling Opportunity Crudes in Refineries
We've discussed in earlier posts how opportunity crudes, while reducing feedstock costs, increase the complexity of operating a refinery. At a monthly meeting of the South Texas section of the AIChE, Emerson's Tim Olsen presented The New World of Opportunity Crudes....
Optimal Heat Exchanger Energy and Cleaning Management
Update: A recorded version of this one-hour webinar is now available. Original post: According to IHS, a global information and analytics provider for energy, economics, geopolitical risk, sustainability and supply chain management: Estimates have been made of fouling...
Refining and Blending Challenges with Shale Oil
At the recent American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) 2013 Q&A and Technology Forum, Emerson's Tim Olsen had an article in the conference daily publication. You may recall Tim from earlier posts and as the past Chair for the AIChE Fuels and...
Refinery Solves Crude Unit Issues by Getting Back to Basics
Sometimes plants go through a revamp and things just don't work right. Loops that used to run fine in automatic mode now run in manual mode and require constant attention. I caught up last week with Emerson's James Beall, a principal process control consultant, whom...
Optimizing Refineries with Model Predictive Control
One of the guys who has been around as long as I have is Lou Heavner, a Consultant in our Advanced Applied Technologies team. As an MIT graduate, he is one really sharp person, and also someone who can simplify and communicate complex ideas. I asked Lou about what...
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