Advanced automation technology reduces refinery energy costs

Advanced automation can significantly reduce energy use in all areas of a refinery including process units, offsite units, and utilities. Some of these savings are possible with no investment-only a change in normal operating procedures. In other cases, improvements to online analyses and improved control action are justified.Energy is the single largest controllable cost for most refineries, often comprising more than 50% of non-crude operating costs. Incremental fuel is normally natural gas; the recent rise in prices has caused most refineries to look even more closely at energy use.Real-time modeling and monitoring of the energy use in plants also permits refiners to make allocation de...

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