Thursday, February 28, 2013

What is the pink stream on the PRO/II PFD?

What is the pink stream on the PRO/II PFD?

Pink streams are column pseudoproduct streams.  R4R.inp is an application brief which can be imported with an example of this.

From Downstream Today: EPA's New Proposed Chemical Controls Could Affect Refining Ops

EPA's New Proposed Chemical Controls Could Affect Refining Ops
by Lindsay Meyer, Allison D. Foley & Amanda C. Blunt Mondaq Business Briefing
February 18, 2013

Companies involved in petroleum refining operations or that import chemical substances used in such operations should be aware of a recent regulatory proposal issued by U.S. EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that could impact their operations.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Are you ready for the next wave in software?

Are you ready for the next wave in software?

What do you want in the next wave of simulation software?

Are the days numbered for the Servers on the plant vs a remote data center or cloud?

Are the days numbered for the Servers on the plant vs a remote data center or cloud?

Free Webinar tomorrow! How to improve refinery profitability with real-time, online, optimization

Invensys Operations Management
The Refinery-Wide Optimization Webinar Series
How to improve refinery profitability with real-time, online, optimization

Feb 28Thur, Feb 28
2 p.m. EST [19:00 GMT]

Who should attend
Plant managers, Operations managers

Why attend

Learn the typical applications and benefits of real-time online    optimization:
  • How it improves performance
  • How it helps you make better business decisions
  • How it increases refinery profitability
  • And which real-time optimization solution best fits your needs
As the price of raw materials, utilities, and refined products change, sometimes by the minute, maximizing profitability means having an optimization program – at the unit and plant wide levels – that can adapt to variable economic data and operating conditions in real time.

A global refinery leader says… “We estimate that optimization yields over $500 million in value per year!”

The ability to view what is happening at your plant in real time will enable you to make better, more timely business decisions. And that's critical for optimizing operations and improving refinery profitability. Learn the importance of real-time optimization for your plant and see how failure to implement an optimization solution may leave your company unable to compete with other leading refineries.

Another leading oil company says… ”For every $25 we invest in optimization, we achieve $1,000 in benefits!”


Register now to learn more and
improve your refinery's profitability! »

Monday, February 25, 2013

From Hydrocarbon Processing: US crude rail deliveries hit record high, still rising

Refiners increasingly depend on rail cars to bring in the oil being produced in increasing quantities throughout the US and Canada. Innovations in drilling techniques have allowed oil companies to cull oil from shale formations...read the full article here.

What are your thoughts on this article?

Free Webinar - Feb 28: How to improve refinery profitability with real-time, online, optimization

Invensys Operations Management
The Refinery-Wide Optimization Webinar Series
How to improve refinery profitability with real-time, online, optimization

Feb 28Thur, Feb 28
2 p.m. EST [19:00 GMT]

Who should attendPlant managers, Operations managers

Why attend

Learn the typical applications and benefits of real-time online    optimization:
  • How it improves performance
  • How it helps you make better business decisions
  • How it increases refinery profitability
  • And which real-time optimization solution best fits your needs
As the price of raw materials, utilities, and refined products change, sometimes by the minute, maximizing profitability means having an optimization program – at the unit and plant wide levels – that can adapt to variable economic data and operating conditions in real time.

A global refinery leader says… “We estimate that optimization yields over $500 million in value per year!”

The ability to view what is happening at your plant in real time will enable you to make better, more timely business decisions. And that's critical for optimizing operations and improving refinery profitability. Learn the importance of real-time optimization for your plant and see how failure to implement an optimization solution may leave your company unable to compete with other leading refineries.

Another leading oil company says… ”For every $25 we invest in optimization, we achieve $1,000 in benefits!”


Register now to learn more and
improve your refinery's profitability! »

Sunday, February 24, 2013

SmartFire solution

Guest Blogger: Kaylen McMullen, Marketing Assistant, Invensys Operations Management
The SmartFire solution from Invensys is based on an extension to the Connoisseur Advanced Process Control (APC) software. This solution is a boiler optimization application that offers multivariable model predictive control and neural networks. It is often applied to bias furnace air flow distribution and address O2 imbalances and regions of high CO. The original application needed some adjustments in order for it to achieve its fullest potential. It was decided that improvements could be made if this offering could automatically determine more optimum air/fuel settings at individual dampers.

Friday, February 22, 2013

From Hydrocarbon Processing: Europe looks to barge into America's cheap natural gas

By LIAM DENNING Like the truth, US natural gas will come out -- provided Washington doesn't block it. US natural gas trades for a little over $3/MMBtu, while in Europe the price is closer to $12. A supply boom coupled with a...READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Free Webinar: How to improve refinery profitability with real-time, online, optimization

Invensys Operations Management
The Refinery-Wide Optimization Webinar Series
How to improve refinery profitability with real-time, online, optimization

Feb 28Thur, Feb 28
2 p.m. EST [19:00 GMT]

Who should attend

Plant managers, Operations managers

Why attend

Learn the typical applications and benefits of real-time online optimization:
  • How it improves performance
  • How it helps you make better business decisions
  • How it increases refinery profitability
  • And which real-time optimization solution best fits your needs
As the price of raw materials, utilities, and refined products change, sometimes by the minute, maximizing profitability means having an optimization program – at the unit and plant wide levels – that can adapt to variable economic data and operating conditions in real time.

A global refinery leader says… “We estimate that optimization yields over $500 million in value per year!”

The ability to view what is happening at your plant in real time will enable you to make better, more timely business decisions. And that's critical for optimizing operations and improving refinery profitability. Learn the importance of real-time optimization for your plant and see how failure to implement an optimization solution may leave your company unable to compete with other leading refineries.

Another leading oil company says… ”For every $25 we invest in optimization, we achieve $1,000 in benefits!”


Register now to learn more and
improve your refinery's profitability! »

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

From Hydrocarbon Processing: BP to fight US government over size of oil spill fine

The company said it believes the US government's estimate that 4.9 million bbl of oil were spilled in the Gulf of Mexico during the incident is overstated by at least 20% and includes another 810,000 bbl of oil that BP captured...read more

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

From Hydrocarbon Processing: Enbridge, partners plan pipeline to ship Canadian, Bakken crude to US Gulf

The companies said the Patoka hub can receive crude oil from both western Canada and North Dakota's Bakken play through a variety of existing pipelines as well as through Enbridge's Southern Access Extension pipeline, which is under development. The pipeline is expected to be in service by 2015. Read the full article

Reader Survey Results


Here are the results from my reader survey. Not surprising that over 70% of my readers are engineers.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Learn about assay knowledge management?


Guest Blogger, Emma Price, Customer Relationship Manager for Spiral Software
Spiral was founded with a vision to transform the oil industry’s use of software, helping to maximise the value of every drop of crude oil. The inspiration behind this was twofold.
Firstly, the evolving industry context creates new challenges and opportunities. Refiners are seeing a more diverse feedstock market than ever before—diverse in both quality and pricing. There are now many crude oils available which present some processing challenges in return for a discounted market price. At the same time, product specifications are becoming more stringent and legislation is tightening around safer operational limits. Put together, this makes a confident understanding of feedstock refining behaviour more important than it has ever been.
Secondly, the new capabilities of information technology enable effective collaboration, even across huge global organisations. It is perfectly realistic to gather real-time information from operating sites and provide meaningful analytics that help users collaborate to make the best possible decisions. This is the step from looking at assay data as simply a set of laboratory measurements to seeing it as “assay knowledge”: bringing together assay measurement with operational data, refinery models, past experience, market information and even news feeds.
This is what we mean by “assay knowledge management” and since 1998, our tools span this whole space: from traditional implementations at laboratories that help them validate and work-up assay data, through to oil major implementations with over 2,500 users in a single enterprise, spanning every area of the business, across upstream exploration, feedstock trading, strategy and operations.
This pushes well outside the bounds of legacy assay management software. For example, some of the largest commodity trading companies use our tools to run thousands of cases to understand how markets would react to feedstock and refining capacity changes. In parallel, engineering and consulting companies use our tools to analyse strategic investments, understanding the future value and risk of capital investments and green field developments.

View the recorded webinar to learn more about the benefits of assay knowledge management.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

From HydrocarbonProcessing.com: EIA sees slim US oil demand growth through 2014

With the downward revision for 2012, the EIA now sees 2013 US demand rising 0.3%, to 18.65 million bpd, with 2014 demand up 0.4%, at 18.72 million bpd. The 2014 figure would be down 10%, or nearly 2.1 million bpd below the...read more

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Repost: Line Sizing using PRO/II


Line Sizing using PRO/II

1.       Place a Pipe unit-op on the flowsheet and attach it with inlet and outlet stream.

2.       Select the units of measure, components and thermodynamics as required.

3.       Input the stream data.

4.       Double click on the Pipe unit-op to open its Data Entry Window and select the Line Sizing – Forward Calculation radio button.



5.       Click on Line/Fitting Data and enter the line or fitting data


         Click OK.


6.       Click on Line Sizing data and enter the required information



        The primary sizing criterion is based on pressure so enter either a maximum pressure drop or minimum outlet pressure. User can also change the Pipe Diameters that are used in sizing search and the maximum Average Fluid Velocity.

7.      Run the simulation and view results. There are many ways of viewing the results the below is a snapshot of results in html format.



Friday, February 8, 2013

Big Data in Manufacturing by Michael Schwarz, Invensys



New blog posting by Michael Schwarz, Invensys, on Big Data for Industry, and why you should care...

Big Data in Manufacturing

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Two quick questions for our readers

In order to provide the best content possible, I would like to get a better understanding of my readers. Would you mind just answering the two questions. I am not asking for you name or company, just your position and industry. No date besides the end results will be tracked. Thank you in advance. It shouldn't take you more than 10 seconds. I will post the results next week. 
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SimSci-Esscor Training Courses

SimSci-Esscor Training Courses
SimSci-Esscor is an Invensys solution that offers applications to give your plant a competitive edge in today’s global economy.  SimSci-Esscor offers integrated simulation, optimization, training, and process control software and services. For over 45 years, these applications have been improving profitability and performance in plants across the globe.
If you have decided to use SimSci-Esscor products but you do not where to begin, Invensys Operations Management is now offering training courses. These courses will provide the necessary guidance to use SimSci-Esscor applications that will allow your plant to reach its full potential and maximize performance and profitability. 

New to SimSci-Esscor products?  Are you looking to refresh your skills?  Update your skills?

Join us worldwide for a SimSci-Esscor training course.
To register for the upcoming training course visit http://iomtraining.invensys.com/simsci/public

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

From Hydrocarbon Processing: The next generation of interfaces for process engineering software


The next generation of interfaces for process engineering software by Scott Brown

Great article by Scott - but it leads me to a few questions. I would really appreciate your feedback. 

What do you think process engineering software interfaces have to do in the future?

What part of Scott's article do you agree with or find most important?

The Refinery Performance Webinar Series - On-demand now available!



The Refinery Performance Webinar Series
Refineries are finding it difficult to compete in such tough economic times, whether it is due to increasingly heavy feedstock, inexperienced operators, or sub-optimal operating conditions. SimSci-Esscor has solutions for each problem and offers ways to remain competitive in its new Refinery-Wide Performance Webinar Series. Leading these webinars are industry experts who offer new methods and solutions that are guaranteed to improve your refinery’s profitability.
Plant managers and Operations Management seeking to improve performance and profitability in their refinery should register now for the upcoming webinar entitled How to improve refinery profitability with real-time, online, optimization. Join us live on Wednesday, Feb 28 at 2 pm EST to get a better understanding of which real-time optimization solution best fits your plant’s needs.
All of the webinars in this series focus on an improved bottom line.  Some of the solutions discussed in this series provide refineries with measurable benefits that can amount to millions of dollars per year.  Visit http://www.real-time-answers.com/refinery/?ls=sls&utm_source=IOM to view previously recorded webinars from this series which include:

Make better feedstock business decisions in real-time with Assay Knowledge Management


Using New Modeling Technology to Help Solve Heavy Oil Processing Issues


Reducing Material Losses with Better Yield Accounting


Aging Workforce and Operator Training – Improve your bottom line with faster, more effective training techniques

 All future webinars will also be listed on this page.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Free SimSci-Esscor Webinars!

Check out the full Schedule here: SimSci-Esscor Webinars

Here is what is coming up in February!

PRO/II Customization and Output
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Extension of PRO/II using Visual Basic Script
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

From PennEnergy:Halliburton announces new frack fluid

Energy giant Halliburton Inc. has developed a new hydraulic fracturing fluid, which the company said contains safe, food-industry ingredients, the Associated Press reported. Read more

From HydrocarbonProcessing.com: EPA proposes near 9% increase in 2013 for US renewable fuels mandate


EPA proposes near 9% increase in 2013 for US renewable fuels mandate








Friday, February 1, 2013

Coordinated Feedwater Heater Energy Control in POWER

Great article by Don Labbe of Invensys in this month's POWER on Coordinated Feedwater Heater Energy Control.

Click on the link below to read the article.

Coordinated Feedwater Heater Energy Control in POWER