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    • 5 Mar 2019

    Digital Transformation in Health-Safety-Environmental Applications

    Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) experts in the manufacturing and production industries gathered recently here in Austin for the 4C Health/Safety/Environmental Conference . Marcelo Carugo Julie Valentine Marcio Donnangelo At this year’s conference, Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo , Julie Valentine and Marcio Donnangelo presented in three of the sessions. Julie and Marcio teamed up to present, How Digital Transformation...
    • 9 Jan 2019

    Improving Opportunity Crude Blending Operations

    Opportunity crudes provide refiners with lower feedstock costs, but they must be carefully characterized and blended with other crudes to avoid problems during the refining process. These opportunity crudes are typically discounted from typical crudes because of the refining challenges they introduce. In the 4-minute YouTube video, How to Maximize Profit by Characterizing and Blending Opportunity Crudes , Emerson...
    • 11 Sep 2018

    Avoid Corrosion-Induced Asset Integrity Loss

    A U.S. Energy Information Administration’s post, When was the last refinery built in the United States? , reveals that more than half the “newest refineries” in their list were built in the 1970s or 1980s, or 30 to 40+ years ago. And, with 137 operating U.S. oil refineries , the rest are even older. A lot has changed over this time, but much of the piping and vessel infrastructure remains the same. In a Chemical Engineering...
    • 27 Aug 2018

    DP Measurement Technologies for Challenging Refinery Applications

    The energy derived from crude oil has powered the advancement of civilizations across the globe. Getting this energy into usable forms such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel is the work refineries must do safely, reliably and efficiently every day. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Adapting instrumentation to the needs of refineries , Emerson’s Douglas Carlson and Dan Cychosz describe the challenging applications...
    • 8 May 2018

    Evaluating Right Fuel Blending Strategy for your Refinery Operation

    Refiners are driven to produce fuels and other products profitably, while meeting ever-increasing regulatory requirements—all while operating safely, reliably, and efficiently. Fuel blending operations are a key part of the refining process to meet these challenges. I connected with Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo about how refiners develop their blending strategies. Marcelo noted that compliance is paramount due to the...
    • 27 Feb 2018

    Improving Downstream Hydrocarbon Production Performance

    The world’s energy leaders and policy makers gather in Houston next week for the annual CERAWeek conference . These energy leaders in the oil & gas production, distribution, refining, petrochemicals, coal, electrical power and alternative energy industries gather to discuss trends, challenges and opportunities for performance improvement. Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo has written a post, Refiners and Petrochemical Producers...
    • 27 Feb 2018

    Improving Downstream Hydrocarbon Production Performance

    The world’s energy leaders and policy makers gather in Houston next week for the annual CERAWeek conference . These energy leaders in the oil & gas production, distribution, refining, petrochemicals, coal, electrical power and alternative energy industries gather to discuss trends, challenges and opportunities for performance improvement. Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo has written a post, Refiners and Petrochemical Producers...
    • 31 Jan 2018

    Advancing the Practice of Chemical Engineering

    One of the ways you can share your expertise and skills developed in your work in your industry or profession is to join a relevant professional organization serving in these areas. As you participate at different levels in these organizations, you can rise up into leadership positions. I mention this to share one example—Emerson’s Tim Olsen . Tim has worked in with the refining industry for almost 30 years, first...
    • 31 Jan 2018

    Advancing the Practice of Chemical Engineering

    One of the ways you can share your expertise and skills developed in your work in your industry or profession is to join a relevant professional organization serving in these areas. As you participate at different levels in these organizations, you can rise up into leadership positions. I mention this to share one example—Emerson’s Tim Olsen . Tim has worked in with the refining industry for almost 30 years, first...
    • 29 Jan 2018

    Optimizing Refinery Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units and Vapor Recovery Units

    The petroleum refining process is a marvel in how it converts crude oil into so many usable and valuable products and feedstocks for other products. If you’re unfamiliar with the refining process or beginning your experience journey in the industry, I highly recommend the Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Waste Not, Want Not , by Emerson’s Bonnie Crossland . Although the focus of the article is about the use of gas...
    • 29 Jan 2018

    Optimizing Refinery Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units and Vapor Recovery Units

    The petroleum refining process is a marvel in how it converts crude oil into so many usable and valuable products and feedstocks for other products. If you’re unfamiliar with the refining process or beginning your experience journey in the industry, I highly recommend the Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Waste Not, Want Not , by Emerson’s Bonnie Crossland . Although the focus of the article is about the use of gas...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Reducing System Migration Risk for Refinery Blend and Tank Farm Operations

    Regulatory bodies across the globe continue to impose stricter specifications for transportation fuels to reduce combustion byproducts. Emerson’s Murali Krishnan and Patrick Truesdale shared a story with me of an Asian refiner who needed to modernize its blend and tank farm operations to meet the sulfur-related regulations and other seasonal volatility specifications. For refiners, blending and their associated tank...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Reducing System Migration Risk for Refinery Blend and Tank Farm Operations

    Regulatory bodies across the globe continue to impose stricter specifications for transportation fuels to reduce combustion byproducts. Emerson’s Murali Krishnan and Patrick Truesdale shared a story with me of an Asian refiner who needed to modernize its blend and tank farm operations to meet the sulfur-related regulations and other seasonal volatility specifications. For refiners, blending and their associated tank...
    • 4 Dec 2017

    Improving Refinery Fuel Blending Operations

    For a refinery, the efficiency and reliability of the fuel blending operations largely determines its overall financial performance. These fuels, including gasoline, diesel, fuel oils, jet fuel, and kerosene require the right blend of fuel components and additives such as anti-oxidants, anti-knock agents, octane enhancers and more to meet their specifications for sale. Exceeding the specifications, also known as product...
    • 4 Dec 2017

    Improving Refinery Fuel Blending Operations

    For a refinery, the efficiency and reliability of the fuel blending operations largely determines its overall financial performance. These fuels, including gasoline, diesel, fuel oils, jet fuel, and kerosene require the right blend of fuel components and additives such as anti-oxidants, anti-knock agents, octane enhancers and more to meet their specifications for sale. Exceeding the specifications, also known as product...
    • 13 Sep 2017

    Best Practices for Solving Crude and Fuel Blending Challenges Webinar

    It used to be that refineries had a fairly constant and predictable supply of crude with similar properties coming in. Blending on the front end with the crudes and on the back end with the fuels produced were optimized for the crude oil properties. As new supplies from shale oil production have come along with their attractive pricing, the properties of the crude are more variable. This variability poses challenges...
    • 13 Sep 2017

    Best Practices for Solving Crude and Fuel Blending Challenges Webinar

    It used to be that refineries had a fairly constant and predictable supply of crude with similar properties coming in. Blending on the front end with the crudes and on the back end with the fuels produced were optimized for the crude oil properties. As new supplies from shale oil production have come along with their attractive pricing, the properties of the crude are more variable. This variability poses challenges...
    • 8 Sep 2017

    Gaining Experience in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

    The work is ongoing along the Texas & Louisiana gulf coast to come back from the massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A MarketWatch article notes that more that 20% of the total U.S. refining capacity was shut down and only slowly now coming back online. And an RBN Energy post highlights the impact on the natural gas liquids (NGL) and petrochemical manufacturers in this region. As a key supplier to these industries...
    • 8 Sep 2017

    Gaining Experience in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

    The work is ongoing along the Texas & Louisiana gulf coast to come back from the massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A MarketWatch article notes that more that 20% of the total U.S. refining capacity was shut down and only slowly now coming back online. And an RBN Energy post highlights the impact on the natural gas liquids (NGL) and petrochemical manufacturers in this region. As a key supplier to these industries...
    • 17 Aug 2017

    2017 AIChE Board of Directors Election

    Professional societies are very important in advancing knowledge, standards, peer networks and more. Within our world of manufacturing and automation there are several including the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) to name but two. There are also numerous engineering societies around the globe focusing on many of the engineering disciplines including...
    • 17 Aug 2017

    2017 AIChE Board of Directors Election

    Professional societies are very important in advancing knowledge, standards, peer networks and more. Within our world of manufacturing and automation there are several including the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) to name but two. There are also numerous engineering societies around the globe focusing on many of the engineering disciplines including...
    • 7 Aug 2017

    Optimized and Flexible Refinery Blending for Current Market Conditions

    Refinery blending operations are the “cash registers” since it “ …is the last chance to optimize the final saleable product, as well as the final opportunity to achieve as close to product specifications as possible. ” A recent RBN Energy blog post, The Price You Pay (For Premium Gasoline) – The Widening Price Differential Between Premium And Regular Gasoline , notes the growing cost spread between regular and higher...
    • 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 monitoring...
    • 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 sure to catch...
    • 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...