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    • 19 May 2017

    Improving Refinery Corrosion Monitoring

    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 these challenges and ways that wireless corrosion...
    • 15 Mar 2017

    Gaining Insights in Addressing Corrosion and Flaring Challenges

    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...
    • 5 Jan 2017

    Maximize Opportunity Crude Blend Percentages

    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 and ironworkers. One way to address these cost...
    • 12 Dec 2016

    Improved Refinery Performance via Direct to Ship Blending

    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 r...
    • 30 Sep 2016

    Flexible and Optimized Refining and Petrochemical Operations

    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 Excellence in Refining and Petrochemicals conference in Houston, Emerson’s...
    • 28 Sep 2016

    Petrochemical and Refining Sessions at the Emerson Exchange Conference

    The list of workshops, short course, plenary sessions, exhibits and more at the October 24-28 Emerson Exchange conference can be overwhelming. If you’ve already registered, the MyExchange tool can help you find, plan and schedule the sessions you’d like to attend. If you haven’t registered or are considering whether or not to attend, you can use the search tool and filter by industry, job function...
    • 23 Aug 2016

    Optimizing Opportunity Crudes in Refining Operations

    An Environmental Leader article, How Data Analytics is Changing the Oil & Gas Industry , highlights challenges in refining opportunity crudes: Opportunity crudes, such as heavy oil produced from the Canadian oil sands, and light tight oils produc...
    • 19 Aug 2016

    Minimizing Valuable Octane Giveaway

    With many of the hydrocarbons falling in price, one exception has been octane (C 8 H 18 ). Its structure comes in many forms or isomers—18 according to its Wikipedia entry . These octanes are : …a family of hydrocarbon that are typical components of gasoline. They are colorless liquids that boil around 125 °C (260 °F). One member of the octane family, isooctane is used as a reference standard to benchmark the tendency...
    • 25 Jul 2016

    Improve It Turnaround Mindset

    The mindset in most plant and production facility turnarounds is to get things fixed as fast as possible in order to get the facility back on line. At the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Annual Meeting earlier this year, Emerso...
    • 6 Jul 2016

    Automation Addresses Opportunity Crudes Refining Challenges

    The abundance of discounted crude oil, or opportunity crudes , as they are known in refinery parlance, has shifted refinery operators’ mindsets over the past few years. In a Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Equip for Opportunity Crudes , Emerson&...