- Understand the potential to increase refinery profits through optimisation
- Understand how optimisation can increase profits
- Understand the limitations of current optimisation practice
- Develop skills in refinery process modeling
- Understand how to get more from refinery optimisation
- Understand the relative merits of linear and non-linear optimisation
Refinery operations involve many important degrees of freedom for optimisation. Maximising the potential of optimisation can have a critical influence on refinery profitability. Optimisation can be carried out at several levels.
In planning, we determine the crude oils, the refinery will run over the long term and make changes to the process and utility networks. In scheduling, we decide what crude oil to run and what products to make on a given day subject to prices. Current practice usually relies on linear programming and successive linear programming to carry out this optimisation, which has significant limitations. In addition, interactions between processing systems and supporting systems (e.g. utility and hydrogen systems) are often neglected in optimisation models.
New approaches, which will be introduced in this course, allow these interactions to be addressed, as well as including more realistic models of the refinery units.
This course will provide the basic introduction to refinery optimisation and insights into future trends for refinery optimization. Refinery debottlecking will also be considered.
Who Should Be Trained?
The course is intended for people with a chemistry, chemical or mechanical engineering background working in the petroleum industry in refinery design or refinery planning, or in engineering and consultancy companies or software companies servicing the industry. Process engineers and refinery planners should attend this course.
Dates & Course Fees
We have some offers for group bookings. Also, if you would like this course to be delivered in-house at your business, please contact us to discuss this option.
Current methods and applications
Modelling overall refinery flowsheets
Current methods for refinery optimisation and their shortcomings
Integration between refinery processes, hydrogen and utility systems
Optimisation framework for refinery optimisation
Introduction of refinery scheduling and on-line optimisation