Optimizing 3 Challenging Flow and Level Applications in Refineries

   In today’s refinery environment of constantly changing crude oil availability and pricing, producers’ task of maintaining or increasing capacity while reducing costs becomes ever more complex. As operators navigate the road to greater efficiency and profitability, they depend on receiving consistently accurate process measurement data in all applications as this is a critical part of meeting productivity goals

Differential pressure (DP) innovations provide greater reliability and control under multiple process conditions. In this whitepaper linked at the end of this post, we explore at how refineries use advanced differential pressure (DP) measurement technologies to help ensure accuracy in three extremely challenging applications:

  1. Fractionator flow: Measuring feed flow to the distillation unit can be challenging, and there are many more flow measurements that must be made around both the atmospheric and vacuum distillation columns for efficient and safe operation.
  2. Fractionator overfill protection: Refineries depend on fractionation to separate products throughout the production process. A flooded column is an accident waiting to happen and serious incidents can result in substantial damages and loss of life.
  3. Steam-assisted flare system flow: Pollution and safety risks are associated with emitting flammable hydrocarbons into the atmosphere without treatment. Reliable measurement information from appropriate differential pressure instrumentation solutions help refineries become compliant with today’s emissions regulations, and be well-positioned to address any future regulations.

With reliable measurement information in these applications, refineries can successfully comply with environmental regulations, meet safety standards and control their process. Get more information on these DP Flow and DP Level applications and solutions here