Friday, November 29, 2013

From "Reuters": "EU 'fitness check' on refinery laws set for late 2014"

BRUSSELS, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The European Commission will unveil the results of a study of the EU laws governing refiners by September 2014, officials said on Wednesday, raising concerns it will be too late to prevent new legal burdens on the struggling industry.


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

From "Australian Mining": "US shale oil and gas boom threatens LNG future"

As the US shale boom gains momentum many Asian buyers are holding off on LNG contracts, awaiting the cheaper alternative of shale gas.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

From "Gulf Business": "US Shale Boom Could Impact GCC In Long-Term"

The effects of shale oil and gas production in North America could impact oil prices in the medium to long term, according to a report by Standard and Poor’s.


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Train for abnormal events that could prove to be catastrophic, if they ever happened


What does your OTS do for you? This customer saved more than a year training each operator and increased profitability by 10+% with an Invensys OTS!

Customer References verified by TechValidate.


From Gas Processing News: Marcellus shale likely to dominate U.S. gas supply

"HOUSTON -- Improvements in drilling efficiency and well performance continue to drive production growth in the Marcellus shale despite falling rig counts, according to new in-depth analysis by Wood Mackenzie made available on Thursday. 

Growth has been so rapid that an estimated 1.4 bcfed of production is currently being restricted at the wellhead. This highlights both the tremendous potential of the play as well as the continuing infrastructure and gas pricing challenges that operators face" Read the full article here

Monday, November 25, 2013

EMEA Process Engineering Forum - February 19th - 20th, 2014

Save the Date!
February 19th - 20th, 2014 EMEA Process Engineering Forum
http://events.invensys.com/EMEAProcessEngineeringForum 



The process engineering world is changing fast and new solutions have to be quick and effective.
  1. Are you ready?
  2. Would you like to learn how operating and engineering companies deploy SimSci software solutions for a sustainable competitive advantage? 
  3. Would you like to be among the first to experience the new SimSci Software tools? 
If the answer is yes, then meet us at the
EMEA Process Engineering Forum
Andaz (Hyatt) Hotel in London, UK.
19 and 20 February 2014


Our networking-rich agenda includes a free pre-conference software training, plenary and breakout sessions on Engineering & Operational Excellence, presentations from industry top executives, opportunities to interact with global experts from Invensys as well as offering plenty of time for an informal discussions with your peers.



Connoisseur - Advanced Process Control Increases Profitability

Connoisseur is an advanced process control (APC) software developed by Invensys  designed to improve process profitability. The quality improvements that result from using this software are also met with considerable economic improvements. The standard deviation of key product parameters from target specification is significantly reduced, leading to increased throughput and significantly reduced material and/or energy consumption, providing a total payback in three to six months or less.

Friday, November 22, 2013

From "Bloomberg": "Shale Boom in the U.S. Is Bridge to Future Cleaner-Burning Fuels"

A shale boom in the U.S. that’s led to lower natural gas prices and higher energy efficiency will act as a bridge to cleaner burning fuels, Carol Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency head, said today.

To read more, click here.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

From "Hydrocarbon Processing": "North America set for economic expansion wave, driven by oil and gas"


The oil and gas (O&G) industry is a high-technology business. Much of this industry’s past success is attributed to the innovative thinking in solving problems. Speakers at the 2013 Deloitte’s O&G Conference, entitled Capitalizing on Success, emphasized that more creative action is needed by industry to handle future problems.

To read more, click here.

ERTC 18

The excellent presentations continue.  Great presentations from PETROBRAS and Haldor Topsoe yesterday and a great presentation today from ENI on their EST complex. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

From "Reuters": "Arrow LNG a likely target in Shell spending rethink"

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The Arrow gas export project in Australia is a likely casualty of a tighter spending regime at Royal Dutch/Shell as the company's new boss considers feeding output earmarked for it into a rival plant instead.


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Are you at ERTC in Budapest this week?

I am there, and presenting on Thursday, "Processing Heavy and Extra Heavy Oils."

Friday, November 15, 2013

From "Bloomberg": "U.S. to Be Top Oil Producer by 2015 on Shale, IEA Says"


The U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by 2015, and be close to energy self-sufficiency in the next two decades, amid booming output from shale formations, the IEA said.

To read more, click here.

The differences between the SOUR and GPSWATER packages?

The SOUR method is the same method used in PROCESS and accounts for phase and chemical equilibria for the sour water components NH3, H2S, CO2, and H2O.  The phase behavior of all other components present is modeled using SRKM.   NH3 and water must be present when using this method.  The following limits apply to the SOUR package:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

PIPEPHASE Mini Guides Excel Reports

In under 3 minutes, you can see how to use Excel reports in PIPEPHASE in this video.


About PIPEPHASE: PIPEPHASE is part of its Upstream Optimization Suite solution from Invensys. It is currently being used by the world’s leading oil and gas producing companies to increase production. PIPEPHASE is a steady state, multiphase fluid flow simulation solution for rigorous modeling of gathering networks and pipeline systems. This solution can model applications ranging from single well sensitivity analyses of key parameters, to a multi-year planning study for an entire production field. It is improving profitability and performance in companies across the globe.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

PIPEPHASE Mini Guides Simple Pipeline Model

Learn how to set up a PIPEPHASE model in this short video.

About PIPEPHASE: PIPEPHASE is part of its Upstream Optimization Suite solution from Invensys. It is currently being used by the world’s leading oil and gas producing companies to increase production. PIPEPHASE is a steady state, multiphase fluid flow simulation solution for rigorous modeling of gathering networks and pipeline systems. This solution can model applications ranging from single well sensitivity analyses of key parameters, to a multi-year planning study for an entire production field. It is improving profitability and performance in companies across the globe.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

From "Hydrocarbon Processing": "IEA predicts US energy independence by 2035"

Soaring shale output in the US is helping the world’s top oil consumer achieve its highest level of energy independence in two decades, cushioning it against disruptions in Africa and the Middle East. The boom threatens revenues for OPEC’s 12 members, whose output is at its lowest in two years.

To read more, click here.   

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

From "Reuters": "U.S. to ship 10-15 bcm LNG a year to Europe from 2020 -Wood Mac"

(Reuters) - The United States is likely to export 10-15 billion cubic metres (bcm) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year to Europe from 2020, although it will ship much more to Asian markets, a report by Wood Mackenzie showed.

Read more here.

PROII Mini Guides Viewing Stream Results

http://www.youtube.com/v/vEGgbiXa0RI?version=3&autohide=1&autohide=1&autoplay=1&feature=share&showinfo=1&attribution_tag=GXYbea9P6vfrSRGzJcCTaQ

Monday, November 11, 2013

Customizing the Excel Report in PRO/II


How do I customize the Excel Report in PRO/II?
  1. By default there are two options while generating an Excel report i.e. Summary Report and Detailed Report

Friday, November 8, 2013

Invensys Workforce Enablement Solutions

Invensys Workforce Enablement Solutions  Great post by Maryanne Steidinger

From Hydrocarbon Processing: Marcellus Shale likely to dominate US gas supply

"During the first half of 2013, the majority of new wells were drilled in northeast Pennsylvania. However, rigs have increasingly focused on the liquids-rich southwestern portion of the Marcellus since 2012. Here, operators benefit from NGL production and less severe gas price differentials." Read the full post here

Thursday, November 7, 2013

What is SCP270?

Guest Post by Janet Parker

What is SCP270?

SCP270 is a “virtual stimulation” of the Foxboro I/A Series DCS Control Processor (CP) combined with modeling capability from DYNSIM. SCP270 software is built from the same CP270 algorithms and communication infrastructure of I/A Series control processors. All operational and engineering applications, processes, and equipment that run with I/A Series control systems, run the same way with SCP270 software.

It is important to understand the difference between “full stimulation,” “virtual stimulation” and emulation. Full stimulation replaces the sensors with a software model that pushes the equivalent 4 – 20 mA signal into the Fieldbus Modules (FBM)/control processor using the same communication protocols, processor algorithms, and Human Machine Interface (HMI) as the real unit. This type of activity is good enough for “end-to-end” safety validation to ensure the control system is 100% functional from a hardware standpoint. Virtual stimulation replaces the sensors with a mathematical model and the controllers and FBMs with a simulation that is derived from the identical algorithms and communication protocols as the actual controllers. When used in the context of dynamic simulation, emulation can be considered a mathematical model built by a separate company based on documentation and controller observation. It typically extends to the HMI and is only useful for low quality training, not for control logic checkout or validation.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Guest appearance in Tokyo

My blog made a guest appearance at the SimSci User's Meeting in Japan this week!

Are you at the Japan User's Meeting in Tokyo this week. I would love to know what you thought of the event. I went a few years ago. There was a great turn out and a lot of great discussions.

Photo Credit to Ian Willetts

My Favorite SimSci picture

This picture is meant to illustrate that our software works together to model the same process in various programs to obtain different results.

PRO/II is used for process design.
DYNSIM is used for design, to study the dynamic implications of the design, check-out the control system, and eventually operator training.
ROMeo is used to optimize the process.



About SimSci: SimSci simulation software has improved the work of many industries across the globe by aiding in the design, operation, and optimization of processes. SimSci provides tools for the most pressing aspects in today’s industries. Dynamic simulation tools and operator training simulators (OTS) improve safety in the workplace. Process optimization and process simulation result in improved performance and engineering software results in improved profitability.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

From USA Today: "Could fracking boom peter out sooner than DOE expects?"

"The future of the U.S. fossil fuel industry rests largely on fracking, which has brought a surge in oil and gas production. Energy experts disagree, though, on how long this boom will last." Read the full article here


"Tight oil development is still at an early stage, and the outlook is highly uncertain," says the Department of Energy's EIA in its Annual Energy Outlook 2013, adding its future will depend on how individual wells perform as well as their costs and the revenue they generate.

What is 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.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Are you at AIChE in San Francisco - come by booth 14 to learn more about SimSci

Invensys will be there and we would love to hear from you. Come visit us at booth 14 to learn more about our products and our educational program! At Invensys we believe the engineers of the future should be using the same professional tools in school that they will be using after graduation. We have a special program dedicated to helping universities train their engineers on our products.

Come to booth 14 to learn more and see what other educational institutions are saying about the Invensys Academic Program!


The Wobbe Index

The Wobbe Index is a measure of caloric value and has the same units as GHV (energy / time).  The formula for the calculation is:

Wobbe Index = GHV / SQRT(SPGR) / Zavg

where, GHV is the ideal GHV of the stream, SPGR is the specific gravity with respect to air, and Zavg is the average compressibility at standard temperature and pressure.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Energy Management Infographic - ROMeo can lower your energy costs!

What can ROMeo do for your energy costs?




ROMeo Utilities Optimization

The SimSci ROMeo Utilities Optimization solution is being used to optimize performance in power plants across the globe. Plant energy costs are significantly diminishing with the help of this software. Plant management is always concerned about the ever-changing environmental restrictions and constraints. This software monitors and even possibly reduce emissions of CO2, SOX & NOX. With all of the benefits this solution has to offer, management can expect a typical payback in 6-12 months or less.

Guest Blogger: Kaylen McMullen, Marketing Assistant, Invensys Operations Management



Saturday, November 2, 2013

EYESIM - The Gamification of Operator Training

Undertrained employees reduce performance and profitability in a refinery and may also risk the safety of other employees. The aging workforce is moving closer to the age of retirement, making it imperative to properly train younger, less experienced employees. Invensys Operations Management offers solutions that aid refineries in educating inexperienced operators, who will soon be relied upon to operate the refinery.

SimSci offers an immersive training system, EYESIM, which is a technology breakthrough in training. The EYESIM solution connects all refinery operators by a high-fidelity process simulation and virtual walkthrough plant environment. The virtual plant feature will significantly improve maintenance activities by offering direct feedback once a trainee completes an action. This will provide the knowledge necessary to act appropriately in any given situation. For more information on EYESIM, view the product page here.

Guest Blogger: Kaylen McMullen, Marketing Assistant, Invensys Operations Management



About EYESIMUndertrained and inexperienced employees reduce performance and profitability in a refinery while also risking the safety of other employees. The aging workforce is moving closer to the age of retirement, making it imperative to properly train younger, less experienced employees. Invensys offers solutions that aid in educating inexperienced operators, who will soon be relied upon to operate the plant.
The immersive training system (ITS), SimSci EYESIM, is a technology breakthrough in training. The EYESIM solution connects all operators by a high-fidelity 3 dimensional process simulation and virtual walkthrough plant environment. Operator Training Simulators (OTS) allow operators to train on a computer in an identical environment to the control room. The virtual reality plant feature significantly improves maintenance activities by offering direct feedback once a trainee completes an action. This will provide the knowledge necessary to act appropriately in any given situation.
Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Friday, November 1, 2013

SmartFire solution based on Connoisseur APC

Guest BloggerKaylen 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.

From DOWNSTREAMTODAY: No Arctic Shipping Route: A Blow to Global Warming?

"Nils Andersen, head of Denmark’s A. P. Møller-Maersk (AMKBF-OTC), was interviewed recently by the Financial Times regarding his tenure running one of the world’s largest container shipping lines with a fleet of 583 cargo vessels and over 2.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) that carries approximately 15% of the industry’s cargo volume." nread the full post here