Posts Tagged ‘crude unit’

Better Handling Opportunity Crudes in Refineries

Posted in Refining on Monday, June 20th, 2016. One comment so far
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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. In the presentation, he discussed the changes in the industry and shale-based production that […]

Optimal Heat Exchanger Energy and Cleaning Management

Posted in Event, Refining on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014. 2 comments so far
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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 costs due primarily to wasted energy through excess fuel burn that are as high as 0.25 per […]

Refining and Blending Challenges with Shale Oil

Posted in Refining on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013. 2 comments so far
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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 Petrochemicals Division. The article, New challenges with shale oil refining and crude blending, […]

Refinery Solves Crude Unit Issues by Getting Back to Basics

Posted in Refining, Variability Management on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009. No comments yet
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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 you may recall from earlier posts. James shared a great […]

Optimizing Refineries with Model Predictive Control

Posted in Refining on Thursday, March 23rd, 2006. 2 comments so far
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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 he’s been working on recently in […]