Oil Refinery operators are increasingly considering plant improvement and modification
There are various areas of refinery operations and plant management which concern both the operator companies and the regulators; and these matters are directly related to the need for the operating companies to improve safety, waste product handling, pollution and environmental impact.
In each refinery there are differing needs for improvement of operations and plant management, depending on the variables of feedstock, plant is use, age of plant, and finished products; and the solutions for each location will be different and thus represent unique opportunities for ENI.
Whereas one might
generalise and observe that there are key areas of refinery operations and
plant usage which need attention in each location, namely, feedstock input,
distillation, processing paths, desulphurisation, platformers, bitumen
units, butane deasphalting units, high vacuum plant, hydrocrackers, sulphur
recovery, blending units, pipeline controls, and the plant control room, it
has been observed by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
that each of the above must be individually assessed (at a component level)
It is proposed that a plan of action is prepared for each target refinery which will enable E N I to produce project proposals. The proposals would ideally be produced on an interactive web site for each target oil refinery and this will demonstrate both an appreciation of the needs of that installation and the expertise offered by E N I . The example below is for a New Zealand refinery. Images and process paths, as the examples below, would be used to illustrate the proposals, in addition a computerised business proposal would be produced to emphasise the business sense (and bottom line benefits) of the process improvements suggested.