Dutch refiner lets contract for Zeeland refinery

Dutch refiner Zeeland Refinery, a joint venture of Total and Lukoil, has let a contract to Aspen Technology to implement asset optimization software designed to bridge gaps in planning and scheduling at its 72,300-b/d refinery at Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

Dutch refiner Zeeland Refinery NV, a joint venture of Total SA and PJSC Lukoil, has let a contract to Aspen Technology Inc. to implement asset optimization software designed to bridge gaps in planning and scheduling at its 72,300-b/d refinery at Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

As part of the contract, Aspen will initially deploy its proprietary GDOT dynamic optimization software on middle-distillate production units across the refinery to help drive more consistent product quality, increase middle-distillate production, and advance energy efficiency, the service provider said.

Aspen GDOT’s coordination of advanced process control (APC) for multiple process units across the site also will help optimize all planning and scheduling opportunities.

The technology implementation comes amid the refinery’s efforts to align planned performance with actual performance to improve productivity levels ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 marine fuel specifications, which demand lower sulfur emissions from marine fuel, Aspen said.

Neither a value of the contract nor specific details regarding the projected increase in fuel production as a result of the technology’s application were disclosed.

The Zeeland refinery currently produces a combined 230,950 b/d of fuels and various raw materials for the petrochemical industry, Aspen said.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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