https://www.engineeringnews.co.za

Control technology improves refining and chemicals industry

QUALITY DECISIONS Advance process control technology enables petrochemical companies to make decisions that lead to optimum functioning capacity of refineries and plants

SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY Advance Process Technology provides a cost-effective solution for the petrochemical industry

4th March 2016

By: Malusi Mkhize

journalist

  

Font size: - +

Advance process control (APC) technology has become an industry standard for petrochemicals and chemicals companies, owing to its ability to improve the overall management of a refinery, says process and operations management solutions provider BluESP chief engineer Dr Kevin Brooks.

He tells Engineering News that APC is a software technology comprising a set of tools and techniques that are designed to facilitate the basic operation, control and automation requirements for plant maintenance.

For the petrochemicals industry, the APC technology used is the Model Predicative Control. “This technique uses mathematics to map out a course for a refinery or plant using computer programs that are run every minute and they determine which operational decisions need to be taken to best position the refinery for success,” explains Brooks.

Operational decisions determined by Model Predicative Control are in the areas of particular performance of the refinery or economic improvement opportunities, besides others.

“Since the technology is based on mathematical models that include experiments or simulations, it provides a measureable solution for the profitability of the refinery,” adds Brooks, noting that improvements in profitability range from 2% to 5% on average.

BluESP’s APC technology has optimised processes such as crude distillation, fluid catalytic cracking, vacuum distillation, alkylation, petrol and diesel blending, fuel gas systems, hydrotreating, and methane reforming at petrochemicals plants.

Brooks mentions that the APC computer software requires a senior BlueESP technician to configure it, making the technology “a cost-effective solution for the industry, as companies are guaranteed a return on investment six months after its implementation.

“This makes the technology a cost-effective solution for the industry.”

Local petrochemicals companies for which BlueESP has provided process and operations management solutions include energy and chemicals group Sasol and petroleum products refiner and marketer Chevron. International companies include multinational oil and gas company Shell and Italy-based energy company ENI.

Edited by Zandile Mavuso
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Features

Comments

Showroom

Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East
Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East

Weir Minerals Europe, Middle East and Africa is a global supplier of excellent minerals solutions, including pumps, valves, hydrocyclones,...

VISIT SHOWROOM 
Hanna Instruments Image
Hanna Instruments (Pty) Ltd

We supply customers with practical affordable solutions for their testing needs. Our products include benchtop, portable, in-line process control...

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Magazine round up | 24 May 2024
Magazine round up | 24 May 2024
24th May 2024

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.341 0.403s - 157pq - 2rq
Subscribe Now