Details of two implemented opportunities

Opportunity: Improve fuel-oil blending at RijekaExpected benefit: $6 million/yearActual benefit (September 1999): $7.5 million/yearKey strategies:Eliminate conversion unit feeds in blends.Optimize cutter-stock selection.Minimize fuel-oil product quality give-away.Burn heavier fuel oil in refinery heaters to overcome fuel-oil blending constraints.Actions:INA-KBC management helped relax constraining Conradson carbon specification with the major domestic consumer (National Power Co.).Blending action team established product-quality give-away targets and set short-term goals (for example, blend 90% of fuel oil inside a 5% band within 3 months). The team compared weekly blending performances v...

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