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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&...
    • 20 Jun 2016

    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 ...
    • 23 May 2016

    Wireless and Non-Intrusive Sensing Technologies for RefineryTop Quartile Performance

    Technology changes come at so quickly, it is something difficult to process how they can be used to help us improve performance. In our world of process automation, these changes must be proven over time before being put into widespread use. For exam...
    • 11 May 2016

    Important Opportunities Today in Refineries and Petrochemical Plants

    This article was first published in the Spanish language— La actualidad del mercado de hidrocarburos ofrece importantes oportunidades en refinerías y petroquímicas in Instrumentacion y Control magazine and is translated and posted with permission from the publisher. Since 2014, the hydrocarbon industry has felt what the economic impact overabundance of crudes and sharp drop in world prices has meant. This situation...
    • 9 May 2016

    Improving Refinery Operations with Wireless Measurements

    The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers annual meeting took place this past March in San Francisco. In a Hydrocarbon Processing magazine recap of day 3 from the conference, Emerson’s Ed Schodowski shared ways to improve refinery per...
    • 4 Apr 2016

    Improve Gasoline Blending to Achieve EPA Tier 3 Regulations

    For U.S. refineries that produce more than 75M barrels per day, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 3 regulations , which mandate reduced gasoline sulfur content, come into effect in 2017. For smaller refineries, these regulations take effect in 2020. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Meet EPA Tier 3 clean fuel regulations through improved blending processes , Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo and Patrick...
    • 14 Jan 2016

    Improving Refinery Performance through Alarm Management

    Alarms in the process are a normal part of life for plant operators. But, when improperly designed and implemented, they can be more of a nuisance, and potentially mask abnormal situations when they come flooding in. Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo shared an article with me that was published several years ago in Hydrocarbon Engineering magazine. The article, No Cause for Alarm , highlights the journey of an Ergon...
    • 1 Dec 2015

    Managing the DCS Asset Lifecycle

    The AFPM [American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers] is: …a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as ...
    • 12 Nov 2015

    Secure Out of the Box Myth-Part 1

    Last month, a full day was devoted to the issues and practices around cybersecurity at the AFPM (American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers) 2015 Q&A and Technology Forum . Emerson’s Neil Peterson was one of the presenters. His presentation, The Myth of “Secure Out of the Box”, explored the expectation of process manufacturers and producers to have their automation vendors: …supply their...
    • 9 Nov 2015

    Business Results Optimizing Delayed Coker Operations

    In an earlier post, Optimizing Delayed Coker Operations with Advanced Process Control , we shared the story of optimizing a refinery’s delayed coker process. At the Emerson Exchange conference in Denver last month, John Ward and James Beall teamed up to provide more detail and results from this advanced process control (APC) project success. This process had numerous unmeasured and unquantified disturbances...
    • 2 Nov 2015

    Increasing Refinery Flexibility to Handle Wide-Ranging Feedstocks

    The complexity in crude oil refining has grown due to many factors including mix of crude oil feedstocks, government regulations, and increasingly global customer base for refined product. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Improve refinery flexibi...
    • 23 Sep 2015

    Analyzing and Recommending Improved Refinery Blending Operations

    For refiners challenged with increasing regulations, blending operations are a major area where automation investments can help meet these regulations and improve operational performance. Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo , who leads the refining and pet...
    • 1 Sep 2015

    Refining and Petrochemical Industry Knowledge Exchange

    While process automation has concerns spanning all industries, each industry has its unique challenges due the process, regulatory environment, climate, raw materials and other considerations. I mention this since the industry forums on one of the key ways industry-specific knowledge related to process automation is shared at the Emerson Exchange conference. At this year’s October 12-16 conference in Denver...
    • 16 Jul 2015

    Online Analyzers in Refinery In-line Blending Operations

    For refineries, inline blending of gasoline, distillates, jet fuel and kerosene can improve overall performance by: …reducing the blend time, the need for excessive storage capacities and mix tanks, maintenance manpower and costly quality giveaway. In the final webinar in the Refining Blending Webinar Series , Using online analyzers to blend right the first time , Emerson’s Patrick Truesdale and Topnir Systems...
    • 16 Jul 2015

    Emerson Exchange Refining and Petrochemical Industry Forum

    Emerson Global Users Exchange will be in Denver, Colorado this October 12-16, 2015. Early discounted registration ends in one month on August 15th. http://www.emersonexchange.org/americas / The Refining and Petrochemical Industry Forum will take p...
    • 30 Jun 2015

    Improving Measurement and Final Control in Refinery Blending

    As global refiners strive to meet ever-tightening regulations, the performance of measurement and final control devices can have a big impact in meeting this challenge. The third Refinery Blending Series webinar recording, Improving measurement and c...