SIMPLE REFINING COMPLEXITY CALCULATION TRACKS REGIONAL TRENDS

Kambiz Manafi National Iranian Oil Co. Tehran A simple method can be used to calculate a single refining complexity number for one refinery, a refining area, or for the entire world. It is more comprehensive than crude-conversion calculations because it includes additional process units. The complexity concept was first introduced in the 1940s by the late W. L. Nelson, one of the world's foremost authorities on petroleum refining. Since then the concept has gained international acceptance

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