February 2012

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Increase energy efficiency for your refinery

Behavioral and organization changes are often needed to effectively maximize operating profits

Milosevic, Z., KBC Process Technology Ltd.

As the margins remain low, the importance of reducing the operating costs, improving margins and maximizing the use of the existing assets remains a high priority for refiners globally. Energy efficiency is in focus, both as a cost issue and as environmental concern. This importance has also been recognized by new standardization in the area of Energy Management (ISO 50001, to be implemented by end 2010) and Energy Management Systems (BS EN 16001, implemented in 2009). However, while many refinery engineers and operators have ideas about how to improve the energy efficiency of a site, these ideas very often fail to mature or be implemented. What is most undesirable to any refiner in the p

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