Plant Operations

Steam Cracking Furnace Pre-Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
In order to bring a steam cracking furnace from construction completion to beneficial operation, suitable pre-commissioning and commissioning...

Cracking Furnace Line Flushing Pre-Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
The abundance of low cost shale gas has led to numerous projects in North America to expand existing or construct new ethylene production units. Most...

Case Study on SMALL-Scale LNG Facility Expansion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
With the influx of natural gas production throughout the United States, the small-scale LNG market is growing at a rapid pace. One option to take...

Guidelines for Dynamic Modeling of Column Startup

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Advances in computing speed continue to enable dynamic modeling of ever increasing complexity. This includes simulation of non-routine conditions...

Ten Commandments of Risk Based Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PROCESS SAFETY Thou shall honor thy container Thou shall always maintain a sense of vulnerability Thou shall eliminate...

Automation Solutions for Processing Tight Oil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter crude oils don't...

Steam Control in Elevated Steam Assisted Flares

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Steam assisted flares are commonly used in the petrochemical industry. Over-steaming of these flares can be a cause of incomplete combustion. But,...

Cost Effective Control of Red Oil in Caustic Tower Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Cost Effective Control of Red Oil in Caustic Tower Systems Authors: Kyle David Mankin Global Marketing Manager- Petrochemicals P. N Ramaswamy ,...

Advanced Aromatics Recovery Technology with AED-BTX Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
For over forty years, the petrochemical industry has used Liquid-Liquid Extraction (LLE) for the Aromatics Recovery. Even though Extractive...

The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Opportunities to improve plant performance and thus enhance energy efficiency across the CPI fall into four main categories: operational improvements...

Integrated LNG and NGL Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Cryogenic NGL extraction plants from natural gas offer an attractive opportunity for LNG production as a side stream. Cold gas is tapped from the...

Steam Load Shedding System Design Using Dynamic Simulation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
In a refinery, steam utility is one of the most important utilities, which can be used at different temperature ranges. Proper handling of the...

Challenge of Mitsubishi Chemical's Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical has been working to improve process safety by implementing safety review (SR) activities.The aim of the SR activity is to improve...

Refrigeration Compressor Recycle Quench Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Many olefins plant refrigeration compressors use a spray quench of liquid refrigerant to cool the hot recycle gas stream. Typically, the recycle flow...

Reliability: The Next Revolution in Process Manufacturing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
David Rosenthal, PE, CMRP is a Reliability Consultant representing his Reliability Strategy and Implementation Consultancy LLC firm. He previously...

Automation Solutions for Processing Light Tight (Shale) Oil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter crude oils don’t...

Hurricane Ike Recovery - Electrical & Instrument Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
On September 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike struck the Texas-Louisiana Coast causing severe damage to local chemical plant facilities and communities. This...

Safer, More Effective Furnace Coking Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
For as long ethylene has been produced via the steam cracking method, producers have searched for various ways of extending the time of operation...

Steam Trap Maintenance and Design for Energy Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Steam availability is a key resource and constraint in an ethylene plant and where turbines are used for energy optimization. A steam leak and steam...

New Silicon-Carbide Joining Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
FM Technologies, Inc. (FMT) has developed new methods for joining SiC-to-SiC and SiC-to-metal for use in ethylene production. Global production of...

A FT-GTL Technology for Small-Scale Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Abstract Stranded gas wells are reserves of natural gas (NG) that have been discovered but deemed unusable due to physical or economic reasons owing...

What do a Trash Disposal Site and a Refinery Share in Common

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
These facts are true about refineries – They are always short of hydrogen They are considered by the local community as a toxic site to be controlled...

Safety Research on Methanol-to-Olefins Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
This paper introduces the present situation of methanol to olefin (MTO) process in China, Analyzed the safety technical requirement based on the...

Lightning Warning Techniques for Risk Mitigation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Lightning can pose a threat to numerous processes associated with the production and handling of energetic materials and materials that may produce...

Recent Development in Natural Gas Liquefaction Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
The LNG industry is an ever-changing industry where we face new challenges and solve new problems every day. The shale gas boom, the search of off-...

Advances in Automation: Wireless the Enabler

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Older refineries and petrochemical facilities were built with the minimum amount of instrumentation, only that which was necessary to safely operate...

LNG Technology Development at Air Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
This presentation will trace the beginning of MCR (mixed components refrigerant) and use of Coil Wound Heat Exchanger, from helium recovery to the...

Update of the Activities of the NOx Safety Task Group

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
The initial AIChE Task Group for NOx Safety was set up following a disclosure of significant accumulations of the NOx compound, N 2 O 3, in an...

Nonlinear APC Solution for Polypropylene Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Abstract A Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Solution has been implemented on the two Polypropylene Lines at Saudi Polyolefins Company (TASNEE)...

Setting the Revamp Basis: What Is Current Operation?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
A revamp aims to modify a plant to meet some new combination of capacity, feed, product, safety or regulatory requirements. The starting point on any...

Balancing Act - Simple Techniques for Steam Header Controls

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
An industrial steam distribution system with multiple headers, turbines, boilers, and reducing valves is managed with header control strategies that...

Water / Wastewater Optimization Methods for Industrial Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Efficient management of water and wastewater systems in large industrial complexes is important for minimizing costs and optimizing natural resources...

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