September 2015

Special Report: Refining Developments

Enabling the refinery of the future—Safety first

Within this “new” economy, automation systems must be capable of delivering new levels of productivity and scalability, while ensuring safety, managing globalizations and addressing new workforce demographics.

Mulholland, D., Trinity Integrated Systems

The recent downturn in oil prices has reduced feedstock purchasing costs for the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). As a result, refineries are running above and beyond their design parameters. This, in turn, has increased the pace of expansion, upgrades, modifications and the number of debottlenecking projects to accommodate increasing throughput. Within this “new” economic environment, refinery automation systems must be capable of delivering new levels of productivity and scalability, while ensuring safety, managing globalizations and addressing changing workforce demographics. Is the current automation infrastructure ready for this, and are these issues being given the appropriate p

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