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, Emerson and its local business partners in the affected areas have taken significant steps to help in the recovery efforts.

One of the many challenges is that it has been many years since a hurricane has hit the Texas and Louisiana coast. Many of the experienced engineers, operators and maintenance technicians have retired with less experienced personnel now in place to restart these large, complex facilities.

The picture in this tweet from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers captures the time and complexity in bringing a refinery back online:

Emerson's Doug White

While large teams come together to do the intensive work to restart these facilities, experience will be gained to help these facilities to operate more efficiently and to better perform restarts in the event of another planned or unplanned shutdown.

I also wanted to mention some training modules available for those new to automation and control in these industries. Emerson’s Doug White shares his vast refining experience in these recorded, on demand educational modules. You can watch the first module, An Introduction to Refining, for no charge.

An Introduction to Refining Online Training

The complete Refinery Product Blending: Fundamentals and Modern Automation Improvements training curriculum consists of 10 additional modules and is available for $450 USD.
These modules include:

You can connect with the Emerson Educational Services team for more information about this or other training opportunities to gain knowledge and know how.

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