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Reformer Severity in an Octane Long World

Apr 19, 2019

By Ralph Laurel

Adapting refinery octane balances to changing markets.

Truly Optimize FCC Gasoline Distillation

Dec 10, 2018

By Optimization Specialist Robert

Leverage cross-functional team-work to tackle optimization variables related to FCC gasoline properties.

Integration Of Spectroscopy In Refinery Optimization

Oct 01, 2018

By Modcon-Systems Ltd.

Increase refinery efficiency and profitability through the application of on-line process instrumentation.

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.

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.

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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