Posts Tagged ‘refining’

Improving Refinery Corrosion Monitoring

Posted in Refining, Wireless on Friday, May 19th, 2017. No comments yet
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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 […]

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 […]

Flexible and Optimized Refining and Petrochemical Operations

Posted in Refining on Friday, September 30th, 2016. One comment so far
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Petrochemical producers and refiners are having to adjust to big changes over the last couple of years. With the large supply of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) from shale combined with the opening of U.S. oil exports and new LNG exports, prices and supply chains are being affected dramatically. At this week’s Operational […]