REFINERY REVAMP-1: ConocoPhillips revamps crude unit to increase flexibility, profitability

The ConocoPhillips refinery in Ponca City, Okla., recently completed a project to increase refinery profitability through increased flexibility of its No. 1 crude and vacuum unit. The revamp, which focused primarily on improvements to the vacuum distillation section, enabled the refinery to improve significantly its net operating margin by increasing the unit’s capability to process a high percentage of price-advantaged crudes.Process flexibility is a key component in maximizing refinery profits. Changing petroleum markets provide opportunities to improve net operating margin if the refinery has the capability to capitalize on price-advantaged crude stocks and a market-driven produc...

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