August 2008

Plant Management

Employing chemical engineers to make more money in refineries

Help these technical professionals in your plant establish the basics of a continuous improvement process

Alevizos, G., Proconsul Services Ltd.

You are running a refinery technical department, and you have invested heavily in employing chemical engineers. You have wisely allocated them some key short-term roles that help to improve your site's tactical performance. The chemical engineers have: 1. Developed monitoring tools for use by the operators 2. Provided knowledge management tools so that the operators can do their own basic troubleshooting 3. Set clear plant pressure/temperature/flow limits that preserve both short- and long-term plant integrity 4. Conducted test runs to push the unit safely to those limits and identify realistic commercial targets. You have seen a sure and steady improvement in plant performance as a r

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