September 2013

Special Report: Refining Developments

Use modeling to evaluate processing solutions for heavy oils

To optimize processing and reduce design and operating costs, refiners should consider using accurate simulation models that are specifically tailored for heavy crudes.

McMullen, J., Invensys

In the oil segment of the global energy industry, feedstocks are moving toward the heavier end. The extraction, transport and processing of lighter crudes, using a stable of proven technologies, is no longer possible. These light oil supplies have become exhausted or more difficult to obtain, causing strain on the crude oil supply chain. Explosive economic growth in India, China and other emerging countries requires large volumes of conventional crude oils as well as increasing supplies of heavy oils. Heavy crude oils have unique physical properties that often present costly refining challenges. Efficient processing solutions require a thorough understanding of the oils’ characteristic

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