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How Smart Refiners Value Crude

Aug 23, 2018

By Optimization Specialist Robert

Understanding how to evaluate crude economics

How Refiners Decide to Make Gasoline vs Distillates

Jul 10, 2017

By Optimization Specialist Robert

Exploring the different factors on when refineries transition between gasoline and distillate modes.

Improving Refinery Fuel Gas Composition

May 15, 2017

By Process Pro Eric

Basic principles to optimize refinery fuel gas systems.

LP Results: Garbage In Equals Garbage Out

Dec 19, 2016

By Ralph Laurel

How to better use Refinery LP models to improve refinery optimization and profitability in your facility.

Where is Your FCC Riser Temperature Optimum?

Nov 09, 2016

By Optimization Specialist Robert

Highlighting the major factors involved when establishing your FCC Riser settings.

Maximize Hydrotreater Catalyst Utilization

May 23, 2016

By Process Pro Eric

Find the right strategy for utilizing your hydrotreater catalyst activity.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Refinery Advanced Controls

Jul 27, 2015

By Steve Pagani

An up-front and truthful summary of the pros and cons that come with every advanced control application.

Reduce Refinery Energy Consumption with Low Effort Solutions

Jul 13, 2015

By Process Pro Eric

Reducing Refinery EII to remain profitable through all cycles of the refining business.

Should Refineries Cut Crude Rates

Dec 13, 2014

By Ralph Laurel

Discussing whether refiners should consider reducing utilization in a falling crude market.

On-Line Process Analyzers In Blending Operations

May 25, 2014

By Modcon-Systems Ltd.

Blend process optimization can prevent giveaway and save companies significant value.

The Value of Hydrocrackers in U.S. Refining Today

Sep 21, 2013

By Ralph Laurel

With the changing parity of distillate prices, hydrocrackers have increased in popularity over the past 5 years.

Does Refinery Energy Efficiency Currently Pay-Off?

Aug 05, 2012

By Patrick the Process Engineer

Cheap natural gas prices and rising refining margins should be an indicator to reconsider refinery strategies around energy efficiency.            

Understanding the Cost of Burning Propane in Refinery Furnaces

Jun 24, 2012

By Patrick the Process Engineer

One of the biggest profit opportunities refineries have is avoiding the downgrade of propane and butane to refinery furnace fuel. Burning LPG instead of natural gas can cost several million dollars a year, so let's review why.                                   

Optimizing Semi Regen Reformer Runlengths

Jun 18, 2012

By Process Pro Eric

If you have a runlength philosophy for regenerating your fixed-bed reformer that has not changed for a couple of years, you may want to revisit it again.                       
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