Archive for the ‘Refining’ Category

Improving Refinery Corrosion Monitoring

Posted in Refining, Wireless on Friday, May 19th, 2017. One comment so far
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With the diversification of crude oil types brought about by U.S. shale production, refineries have increased risk for vessel and piping corrosion. Many of the aging refineries also are operating past the design life of some of their plant assets. In a Chemical Processing article, Refineries: Rethink Corrosion Monitoring, Emerson’s Jake Davies describes some of […]

Gaining Insights in Addressing Corrosion and Flaring Challenges

Posted in Chemical, Event, Refining on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017. 2 comments so far
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The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching—March 19-21 in San Antonio Texas. It is: …the world’s premier refining meeting, assembling key executives, decision-makers, and technical experts from refining businesses, technology providers, contracting and consulting firms, and equipment manufacturers around the world. If you’ll be attending, make sure to catch several […]

Real-Time Corrosion and Erosion Monitoring

Posted in Refining, Wireless on Thursday, February 16th, 2017. One comment so far
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The biennial Petrotech conference in New Delhi, India is for oil & gas industry experts to exchange views and share knowledge, expertise and experiences. And given the pricing dynamics and changes in global supply levels and supply chains, there is much to discuss and share. At the last conference this past December, Emerson’s Rajesh Nogaja […]

Maximize Opportunity Crude Blend Percentages

Posted in Refining on Thursday, January 5th, 2017. One comment so far
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A recent Hydrocarbon Processing article highlighted the changing financial picture for refiners over the past 24 months: Those margins collapsed this year in a global fuel supply glut, providing an incentive for refiners to undertake the shutdowns necessary for maintenance. Adding pressure to falling margins are increased costs for craft labor such as pipe fitters […]

Improved Refinery Performance via Direct to Ship Blending

Posted in Refining on Monday, December 12th, 2016. No comments yet
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For refineries, blending operations can be challenging due to unscheduled downtime, off-spec production requiring reblending operations and quality giveaways by exceeding specifications. I caught up with Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo who noted that poor recipe management and control throughout the blending process increases variability in product quality, which not only leads to off-spec product that requires […]