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Oil & Gas Downstream

The oil & gas downstream industry has been facing an increasing number of challenges in recent years. These include the changing characteristics of the feedstock to be processed, aging of process facilities and equipment, rising cost of energy, lack of skilled plant operators who can run a refinery safely and efficiently, and the ever-changing requirements from both the market and the customer.

Over the years, Yokogawa has partnered with many downstream companies to provide industrial solutions focused on solving these challenges and problems. Yokogawa's VigilantPlant solutions have helped plant owners to achieve maximum profitability and sustainable safety within their plants.

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In the ever changing marketplace, refineries are seen not only as crude processing units but also as profit centers. At the same time, there is a keen awareness of the need for safety at such facilities. A total production solution that encompasses planning, scheduling, management, and control is required to achieve long-term goals for profitability, efficiency, and environmental protection. With years of expertise in the automation field, Yokogawa can bring you affordable total solutions for improved operability and a cleaner world.

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Today, many end-users not only in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, but also in the LNG/LPG and bulk industries are facing common logistical challenges. Those challenges include shortening the product delivery time, improving loading efficiency, adapting to changes in the manufacturing process, improving safety, increasing administrative efficiency, reducing labor costs, integrating data systems, visualizing operations, managing traffic, and so forth.

Yokogawa has been providing solutions to meet customers’ needs for terminal automation and management for decades.

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Lube Oil

In lubricant manufacturing, there are ever-changing complex and exacting formulation requirements, whether the material is processed in an in-line blending system or as a batch process. Accordingly, the control and information system must provide the flexibility to keep changing the formulas and procedures, while also being highly reliable and accurate.

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Valero Energy Corporation, USA - Valero Selects Yokogawa System for Operational Improvements

  • Smooth project execution with no schedule and/minimal safety incidents.
  • Easy to use, easy to reconfigure interface that has resulted in numerous post-installation enhancements.
  • Minimizing day-to-day plant operation problems including reducing the alarming factor.
Industries: Refining

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Bahrain Petroleum Company - Successful Migration of In-line Blending Distributed Control and Oil Movement Systems

  • Successful migration of in-line blending distributed control and oil movement systems.
  • To minimize operator intervention and to keep the product properties on specification.
Industries: Refining

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Tamoil SA - Fast Online Gas Chromatograph Analysis for LPG Distillation

  • Fast online gas chromatograph (GC) analysis for LPG distillation.
  • The analytical upgrade project with Yokogawa's process GCs was complete success.
Industries: Refining

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CEPSA - Yokogawa Installs Complete OMS System at CEPSA's Biggest Refinery in Spain

  • This has considerably improved the safety, quality, and efficiency of off-site operations.
  • Yokogawa was the clear choice for installation of the OMS.
Industries: Refining

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ALDWICH ENVIRO-MANAGEMENT SDN. BHD - CENTUM CS 3000 Plays Key Role in Malaysian Waste Oil to Diesel Project

  • CENTUM CS 3000 plays key role in Malaysian waste oil to diesel project.
  • Yokogawa proposed to provide its systems and services as the main instrument vendor.
Industries: Refining

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PTT Aromatics and Refining Public Co., Ltd. - Flawless Refinery Start-up Assured by Operator Training Simulator

  • Flawless refinery start-up assured by operator training simulator.
  • The virtual test function of the OmegaLand simulator created the same environments as CENTUM CS 3000.
Industries: Refining

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Chevron - Yokogawa Successfully Completes DCS Controller Replacement Project (hot cutover)

  • To replace the existing CENTUM XL control station with the latest Yokogawa CS 3000 hardware and upgrade the control network.
  • The plan was to minimize plant downtime by doing a hot cutover from the old to the new control system.
Industries: Refining

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Universal Terminal (S) Pte Ltd - Universal Terminal Uses CS 3000 with Terminal Automation System

Universal Terminal (S) Pte Ltd, one of the largest independent petroleum products storage terminals in the Asia Pacific, has been built on Singapore's Jurong Island at a cost of S$750 million.

Industries: Terminal

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Saudi Aramco - Saudi Aramco Rabigh Refinery Control System Replacement (Hot Cutover)

  • Smooth and safe switchover to the new system
  • Easy-to-use, easy-to-engineer system, plus various post-installation enhancements
  • Tuned controllers for smooth plant operation and better traceability of process upsets
  • Various other improvements thanks to advanced process control and MVC implementation
Industries: Refining

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Idemitsu Kosan - Yokogawa's Exapilot Introduced to Maximize Operational Efficiency at an Experimental Refining Facility

  • Exapilot was introduced to maximize operational efficiency at an experimental refining facility.
  • To prevent operator errors, it was essential to standardize operating procedures.
Industries: Refining

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MOL - Computerized Maintenance Management System by PRM and SAP Schedules Field Instrumentation Maintenance

  • Computerized Maintenance Management System by PRM and SAP Schedules Field Instrumentation Maintenance.
  • The frame applications and DTMs support the preventive maintenance strategy with self-diagnostic and condition monitoring.
Industries: Refining

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Petrochina Guangxi Petrochemical Company - Yokogawa Provides CENTUM, OMS, OTS, PRM Solutions for Petrochina Guangxi Petrochemical Company's 10MT/Y Refinery

Petrochina Guangxi Petrochemical Company has completed construction of a combined refinery and petrochemical production complex in Qinzhou, a port city in China's Guangxi Autonomous Region. With a 10 million ton per year capacity, the refinery is one of China's largest, and is truly world class, using a highly advanced hydrogenation process, with the main process technologies coming from the USA and France.

Industries: Refining

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PTT Aromatics and Refining Public Company Limited, Rayong, Thailand - MAC Approach and Rich Engineering Expertise Are Key to Success of Modernization Project at Thai Refinery

  • To decrease downtime and maintenance costs, the decision was made to introduce Yokogawa's CENTUM DCS.
  • With well-experienced MAC approach, Yokogawa replaced successfully legacy DCS.
Industries: Refining

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Indian Oil Company Limited - Yokogawa Meets Tight 20 Day Shutdown Schedule for Replacing Legacy DCS with Integrated Solution at Mathura Refinery in India

The Mathura refinery is a strategically important facility that supplies diesel, gasoline, aviation turbine fuel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, furnace oil, and bitumen to customers throughout northwestern India.

Industries: Refining

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HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited - High Uptime and Maintainability Secured by Full-fledged Automation Platform at Indian Refinery

  • HMEL selected an integrated solution from Yokogawa
  • Yokogawa India oversaw and implemented the engineering, installation, and commissioning of the refinery
Industries: Refining

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Valero Energy Ltd. - Exapilot Contributes to Operational Consistency and Procedure Management in Large Refinery Plant

  • Stable regeneration of butane driers and effective start-up of sulfur recovery plant.
  • Exapilot contributes to operational consistency and procedure management in large refinery plant.

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PTT Aromatics and Refining Public Co., Ltd. - Achieving an Intelligent Oil Movement System

  • The AR1 refinery recently replaced its legacy DCS with Yokogawa's CENTUM CS 3000.
  • Achieving an Intelligent Oil Management System.
Industries: Refining

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PetroChina Dushanzi Refinery and Petrochemical Complex - Yokogawa Provides Control System and Field Instruments for New Refinery and Petrochemical Complex in China

  • Using the CENTUM CS 3000 system, many kinds of plant key performance indexes are calculated and analyzed to produce further improvements.
  • During plant start-up, PRM helps the customer's engineers perform all the loop checks.
Industries: Refining

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IRPC-ADU/DKU - Integrated CENTUM VP and ProSafe-RS Systems Ensure Nonstop Operation of ADU/DKU Processes

  • Integrated CENTUM VP and ProSafe-RS Systems Ensure Nonstop Operation of ADU/DKU Processes.
  • "This is a real VigilantPlant! We will continue to improve our production efficiency."
Industries: Refining

Fractionation Research Inc. - Exapilot Smoothly Starts Up and Shuts Down the World's Biggest Experimental Distillation Unit

  • Exapilot smoothly starts up and shuts down the world's biggest experimental distillation unit.
  • Data visualization is the key, giving operators a complete understanding of what is is going on in the process, in real time.
Industries: Refining

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SK Energy - Yokogawa Provides CENTUM CS 3000 and Field Instruments for New FCC Facility

  • The project goals emphasized schedule, quality, cost and safety.
  • More than 40 sub-system interface cards are utilized for b14 partners company7s system integrated with CENTUM CS 3000.
Industries: Refining

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SFC Excellence Co., Ltd - Yokogawa Control System Improves Production Efficiency at Lubricant Plant in SFC Excellence

  • Yokogawa's FA-M3 PLC improves efficiency and accuracy at the lubricant blending processes in Thailand.
  • FA-M3 is integrated with SFC Excellence's enterprise resource planning and recipe management system.
Industries: Lube Oil

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Impulse Line Blocking Diagnosis

Operators must receive diagnostic information before a line block leads to a malfunction. Yokogawa provides predictive diagnostics based on trend analysis of the blocking factor, which improves maintenance efficiency and reduces maintenance costs.

Industries: Refining

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Measurement in Cogeneration and Captive Power Boiler

Steam is still one of the most popular methods of providing an energy source to a process and its associated operations. The more accurate and reliable measurements that are made, the more informed decisions can be taken that affect costs and product quality.

Industries: Refining

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Level transmitter configuration can be very time consuming. DPharp transmitters with advanced software functionality eliminate this time consuming task. With maintenance shops getting smaller, finding equipment that allows us to do more with less becomes a priority.

Industries: Refining

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Low Flow Cut-off

One of the most common applications for differential pressure transmitters is flow measurement. DPharp differential pressure transmitters have some unique signal conditioning features to eliminate instability at low flow rates.

Industries: Refining

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Flue Gas Desulfurization

Recently, air pollution legislations such as the Clean Air Act to reduce the amount of air pollution are increasing worldwide. The Clean Air Act address numerous air quality problems. One of these problems is acid rain caused by sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from fossil-fueled power plants and other industrial and transportation sources.

Industries: Refining

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Preventing Fugitive Emissions with Vortex Flowmeters

The oil refining industry today faces increasingly strict regulations that dictate both the quality of its products and the diligence of its production processes. As the pioneer of the vortex flow meter technology, Yokogawa's challenge in bringing innovative flow measurement solutions to users in various process industries continues to this day.

Industries: Refining

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Measurement of O2 Concentrations in Vacuum Distillation Column in Petroleum Refining

O2 measurement in hydrocarbon vapor is used for safety monitoring in vacuum distillation columns in petroleum refining. With conventional paramagnetic oxygen analyzers, O2 concentrations are obtained through an extractive sampling system, which conditions the sample prior to being analyzed.

Industries: Refining

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pH/ORP Measurement for Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a separation process that uses pressure to force a solution through a membrane that retains the solute on one side and allows the pure solvent to pass to the other side. More formally, it is the process of forcing a solvent from a region of high solute concentration through a membrane to a region of low solute concentration by applying a pressure in excess of the osmotic pressure.

Industries: Refining

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Top Gas Density Measurement in a Fluid Catalytic Cracker (FCC)

The top gas generated at the top of a distillation column in a petroleum refinery's fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) is used to produce gasoline and LPG. The GD402 Gas Density Meter features an intrinsically safe and explosion-proof design, fast response, and a dust-proof, anti-corrosive, and flame-proof construction.

Industries: Refining

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Oxygen Measurement in Vapor Recovery

Storage tanks are used in a variety of industries ranging from holding crude oil to holding feedstock for vinyl chloride monomer (VCM).

Industries: Refining

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Optimizing Combustion Control with the TDLS200

Industrial Combustion sources such as thermal cracking furnaces and, process heaters play a critical role in the process industry. Because the large amount of fuel such as gas or fuel oil which is consumed in these processes, their combustion efficiency directly affects the performance and operational costs of the production facilities.

Industries: Refining

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Finding Danger where It's Impossible to Look

With industrial and economic development comes increasingly large and advanced power plants and factories. Nevertheless, we find many cases where the original cables, cable tunnels, and other components of the power infrastructure have languished under continuous operation.

Industries: Refining

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Leak Detection Guarantees Pipeline Safety as Your Business Grows

Risk management is crucial when expanding your business.

Industries: Refining

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Optimizing Combustion Control with the TDLS8000

Industrial Combustion sources such as thermal cracking furnaces and, process heaters play a critical role in the process industry.

Industries: Refining

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Cost Effective and Accurate pH Measurement in Limestone-Gypsum Flue Gas Desulfurization Systems

In limestone-gypsum flue gas desulfurization systems, the consumption of a desulfurization agent (lime) is controlled using online pH analyzers.

Industries: Refining

Achieve Optimal Combustion of Fired Heater Using TDLS to Reduce Environmental Impacts and Increase Manufacturing Efficiency

Fired heaters are used for various processes in oil refining and petrochemical plants.

Industries: Refining

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Coke Drum - Temperature Monitoring

Delayed Coker is a type of coker who's process consists of heating residual oil feed to its thermal cracking temperature in a furnace. The most important variable in industrial furnace control is temperature. Temperature is measured throughout the furnace in different zones and temperature effects the materials being manufactured and therefore must be precisely monitored to prevent deviations in quality of the final product.

Industries: Refining

Oil Company Temperature and Pressure Monitoring


  • The distance is not so long, but there are many pipes and tanks ("Pipe Jungle") in the field.
  • Had to avoid the obstacles and take care multi path condition.  


Repeater is installed on high place between control room and monitor position. The extend cable is used for antenna of Gateway.

  • Temperature Transmitter (YTA) x1, Pressure Transmitter (EJX) x2
Industries: Refining

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Temperature Monitoring on a Chimney

The client wanted to monitor the temperature on a chimney. Exhaust air is exposed to the heat on the way traveling from the inlet to the outlet in the chimney. Then constituent of the air transform to harmless elements. It is important to keep the temperature in the chimney as designed.

Industries: Refining

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Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit Advanced Control

A multivariable model based predictive control (MPC) was implemented at the FCCU "A" in YPF S.A. Refinería La Plata.

There are three MPC controllers installed: one covering the reactor-regenerator-main fractionator, other controlling the gas con- centration plant ant the third controlling an isolated depropanizer column. The paper describes the implementation of the project, the controller structure and the main results obtained from the MPC. 

Industries: Refining

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Using Visual MESA to Optimize Refinery Steam Systems

Visual MESA© is a steam system optimization and management computer program that was originally developed at Chevron and now marketed by Nelson & Roseme, Inc. Visual MESA is currently used at refinery and chemical manufacturing sites to optimize the overall site steam system and the parts of the electrical system that economically trade off with the steam system.

This paper will explore significant optimization variables and constraints commonly encountered in refinery steam system optimization, the strategies Visual MESA uses to deal with them.

Industries: Refining

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Real Time Utilities Optimization For Refineries Incorporating Hydrogen Supply Systems

Hydrogen management can have a significant effect on refinery utility supply through the integration with the rest of the utilities. Real-time optimization of hydrogen production in conjunction with steam, power and fuels can yield significant savings opportunities for the refinery. 

Industries: Refining

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Real Time Online Energy Management at KNPC Refineries

This paper describes the tasks performed to develop and implement real time, online models, to help with the three KNPC refineries energy cost minimization and energy management, which are scheduled to perform it automatically. They allow to clearly identify the different economic trade-offs that challenges the operation of the site wide energy systems at minimum cost while reducing the energy waste and, therefore, CO2 footprint. Recommendations given by the optimizers are taken into account by operations on a daily basis 

Industries: Refining

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Visual MESA Real Time Energy Management System

In general, refineries exhibit a very good potential for real time monitoring and optimization using Visual MESA Energy Management System.

Based on our extensive experience, overall benefit in the range of 2% to 5% of the total energy cost can be achieved. Expected project payback is always less than one year.

Industries: Refining

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Creating a model of a refinery energy system validated with real time data increased energy efficiency and reduced total energy costs

This article describes the tasks performed to develop and implement a real time, online model for energy cost minimisation and energy management at KNPC's MAA refinery.

After a description of the main project implementation tasks, the Real Time Energy Management System's (RTEMS) functionalities are described and the optimisation implementation procedures are commented on. Finally, several obtained results are presented.

Industries: Refining

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Energy Management System Helps Refineries to Reduce Emissions and Energy Costs

Utilities and energy systems are often the major source of SOx, NOx and CO2 emissions, therefore, emissions control and the management of credits and quotas are tightly interrelated with energy management.

In the case of refineries, chemical and petrochemical plants, energy represents the main cost (second to feedstock) and therefore its reduction has become a bottom line business decision. The energy systems at these sites are inherently complex, with the emissions cost analysis and limits compliance introducing an additional factor to the complexity of the energy costs reduction challenge.

Process plants use different type of fuels, they often operate cogeneration units, their steam networks consist of several pressure levels, there are different types of energy consumers and there are emission limits to be observed. Import or export of electricity in deregulated markets, which could also be traded off with more or less CO2 and other contaminant gaseous emissions, increase the optimization problem complexity.

Industries: Refining

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Energy Costs Reduction by Using an on Line Utilities Optimization Tool

The Repsol YPF Tarragona Refinery operates a large, complex steam system. Utilities Optimization has been performed with an on-line computer based steam management program (VISUAL MESA) in order to make the Refinery more energy efficient and reduce steam system operating costs.

VISUAL MESA allows operators and engineers to:

  1. Monitor steam production and use;
  2. Optimize the production and use of steam, fuel and power in order to reduce 
  3. Perform "what-if" studies, and
  4. Audit the system with continually validated data. 
Nelson & Roseme, Inc. and Soteica Europe S.L. have worked with Repsol YPF Tarragona
Industries: Refining

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Auditing and Control of Energy Costs in a Large Refinery by Using an on Line Tool

Petronor is Spain's largest refinery, with a processing capacity of eleven million tons a year. Its energy system is large and complex, therefore the auditing and control of energy costs are a real challenge.
This paper describes the tasks performed together with Soteica, using a modern on line information and optimization system tools, to reduce energy costs.

Industries: Refining

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Utilities Systems On-Line Optimization and Monitoring: Experiences from the Real World

This paper will not describe just all the features of the software or fully explain on-line optimization technology. The objective of this work is to present some interesting facts and lessons from the experience of implementing a cost based optimization program at thirty oil refineries and petrochemical complexes, around the world, since 1997. This paper will focus on the key optimization variables and constraints in steam system optimization, how they should be handled and how the human and organizational aspects can be addressed. 

Industries: Refining

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Real time energy management at Repsol Cartagena refinery

A detailed model of the steam, fuels, electricity, boiler feed water and condensates systems has been built, including all the interactions between these systems, real plant constraints and degrees of freedom of their operation. Such a model is scheduled to perform automatic executions of the optimization of the entire system and is continually populated with validated live data from the process. A calculation of equipment efficiencies is done as part of the performance monitoring activity of the model. Other monitoring aspects include the continuous auditing of the energy system so the data can be relied on for evaluating the value of energy production and usage, and waste can be reduced or eliminated.

Industries: Refining

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Customers that Operates Power/Steam Cogeneration Systems with References

Industrial facilities where power and steam is produced (i.e., Cogeneration) exhibit a very good potential for real time monitoring and optimization using Visual MESA Energy Management System.

Based on our extensive experience, overall benefit in the range of 2% to 5% of the total energy cost can be achieved. Expected project payback is always less than one year.

Visual MESA was successfully applied to many industrial facilities worldwide, several of them operating steam and power generation networks of different complexity and capacity but all with energy cost savings. 

Industries: Refining

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Real Time Energy Management Some Case Studies

This paper discusses real industrial examples in which the sitewide utilities system of refinery and petrochemical Sites are optimized with a real time, on line, industrially proven software. Experiences gained during more than 20 years of industrial projects deployed worldwide are commented (Refs. 1 to 10 are related to some recent projects). Main project steps are explained and critical details to be taken into account to assure successful use and proper technology transfer are presented. Specific case studies will be discussed in the paper. 

Industries: Refining

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Industrial Energy Management by Using an On Line Tool

This paper describes the tasks performed, together with Soteica, using modern on line information system tools to assist with the energy system management.

Industries: Refining

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Site Wide Energy Costs Reduction at Total Feyzin Refinery

After a feasibility study, TOTAL decided to test an on-line model for site wide energy system management. TOTAL operates a large and complex energy system at Feyzin refinery. A detailed model of the energy system has been built and it is continuously fed with validated (not reconciliated), real-time data. It includes all the actual constraints of the site and decision variables for their operation. Continuous performance monitoring is also done, since the model writes back its results to the Real Time Data Base (Plant Information system). It also provides reliable data that helps to audit the energy productions and usages within the site energy system, and in that way wastes can be detected and eliminated.

Industries: Refining

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Reducing Refinery Energy Costs

An online steam management program can help refineries manage their steam and utility systems more energy efficiently and reduce their operating costs through optimisation and monitoring

Industries: Refining

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Use of Online Energy System Optimization Models

Big and complex industrial facilities like Refineries and Petrochemicals are becoming increasingly aware that power systems need to be optimally managed because any energy reduction that Operations accomplish in the producing Units could eventually be wasted if the overall power system cost is not properly managed. However, process engineers always attempted to develop some kind of tools, many times spreadsheet based, to improve the way utilities systems were operated. The main drawback of the earlier attempts was the lack of data: engineers spent the whole day at phone or visiting the control rooms to gather information from the Distributed Control System (DCS) data historian, process it at the spreadsheet and produce recommendations that, when ready to be applied, were outdated and not any more applicable. 

Industries: Refining

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Emissions and Energy: an Integral Approach Using an On-line Energy Management and Optimization Model

Utilities and energy systems are often the major source of SOx, NOx and CO2 emissions, therefore, emissions control and the management of credits and quotas are tightly interrelated with energy management.
In the case of refineries, chemical and petrochemical plants, energy represents the main cost (second to feedstock) and therefore its reduction has become a bottom line business decision. The energy systems at these sites are inherently complex, with the emissions cost analysis and limits compliance introducing an additional factor to the complexity of the energy costs reduction challenge.

Industries: Refining

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Real-time refinery energy management

Repsol Cartagena was the first oil refinery to be built on the Iberian Peninsula. It has an annual crude distillation capacity of 5.5 million tonnes, with two main areas of production: fuels; and lube oils, asphalts and paraffinic and aromatic oils. Repsol Cartagena is currently involved in an ambitious expansion project, whereby 22 new units will be built, increasing its refining capacity to an annual 11 million tonnes.

Industries: Refining

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Online real-time optimisation helps identify energy gaps

The energy systems, the steps for the implementation of Visual MESA and several features of the model are described in this article, with a focus on the use of the software for the calculation of energy-related KPIs. The EMS implementation project is discussed and the main conclusions relative to the reduction in operating costs are also presented.

Industries: Refining

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A Watchdog System for Energy Efficiency and Co2 Emissions Reduction

This paper shows real industrial examples in which, with the existing equipment, continuous CO2 emissions reductions were achieved while optimizing the energy systems by using an on line model.
The importance of including the cost of CO2 emissions and how it should be taken into account when managing energy systems is explained. Furthermore, the optimization model is useful to perform case studies to evaluate energy system modifications taking into account this aspect.

Industries: Refining

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Fouling Monitoring and Cleaning Optimisation in a Heat Exchanger Network of a Crude Distillation Unit

Fouling in preheat networks of crude distillation units (CDU) plays an important role in energy consumption. In this work a procedure to monitor the performance of the heat exchanger network (HEN) and to optimize the cleaning is presented.

Industries: Refining

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Online Energy Management

A refinery energy system is modelled, including all the constraints, with continuous model validation using live data. Performance monitoring includes the tracking of equipment efficiencies by utilising validated data for its continuous calculation,

Industries: Refining

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Online Energy and Emissions System Management Helps Refineries and Petrochemicals Minimize Costs

Experiences gained during more than 20 years of industrial projects deployed worldwide are commented. Main project steps are explained and critical details to be taken into account to assure successful use and proper technology transfer are presented. Specific case studies will be discussed in the paper. Open loop vs Closed loop implementation is also presented. 

Industries: Refining

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Plant Overview: Rohm and Haas Texas Inc.

Rohm and Haas Company is one of the world's largest manufacturers of specialty materials, including adhesives, sealants, coatings, monomers, electronic materials, inorganic and specialty solutions, and ion exchange resins. Founded in 1909 by two German entrepreneurs, Rohm and Haas has grown to approximately $6 billion in annual revenues.

Industries: Refining

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Alarm Management – the strategy and process of striving for a well-managed operation

Alarm management is not just a project that has a start and end date; it's a continuous cycle. Once the alarm system has been reviewed and improvements have been identified, we must check that controls are in place to ensure the alarm system remains functional. The key is to ensure that the system is continuously monitored and any changes are fully documented. There are seven key steps for alarm management. Rationalization is one of those critical steps.

Industries: Refining

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Improve Your Distillation Operations Through Procedural Automation

This paper shows how to improve distillation operations by focusing on procedure automation. It will review the importance of using procedures in distillation operations and highlights the collaboration work underway between Fractionation Research Inc. (FRI) and Yokogawa Corporation to improve procedural operations.

Industries: Refining

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Real-time Production Organizer: Yokogawa's New Approach to Production Management

The worlds of process automation and production management have been converging for some time. What once used to be islands of automation and production management functionality connected through highly proprietary integration schemes that were costly to maintain have developed into integrated platforms that provide seamless data exchange between the world of automation and the plant floor, the functions of production and operations management, and integration with business level systems.

Industries: Refining

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Yokogawa's Modular Procedural Automation is a Knowledge Preservation Tool for the Process Industries

The world of process automation is governed by procedures. While we like to refer to the process industries as being largely "continuous", this could not be further from the truth. Process manufacturing is constantly in flux.

Industries: Refining

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Reducing Lifecycle Costs With the Power of Fieldbus

From engineering to installation, commissioning, operations, and maintenance, FOUNDATION fieldbus offer significant cost reductions of 30 percent or more versus conventional analog systems. Many of these cost reductions come from the advanced functions that fieldbus offers versus analog technology.

Industries: Refining

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Yokogawa vigilantplantservices: Using Applied Industry Knowledge to Solve Key End User Issues

The automation suppliers that will be successful in the long term will be those that effectively address application or industry specific problems for end users with a value proposition that cannot be ignored. These problems exist throughout the process industries today, and they won't be solved by simply offering a product, but through a combination of hardware, software, services, application expertise, and knowledge.

Industries: Refining

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Yokogawa's VigilantPlant Road Map to Operational Excellence

In ARC's view, customers need a compelling business value proposition to justify investment in any kind of automation. Vigilance and VigilantPlant were created with this in mind. Yokogawa's vision with VigilantPlant is to create an environment where plant personnel and operators are well informed, alert, and ready to take action. 

Industries: Refining

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Yokogawa Unveils VigilantPlant

Yokogawa has come a long way in making its message clear to the world of process automation. Last year, the company embarked on a full-scale global marketing campaign to make customers aware of the company's focus on system reliability, security, dependability, and robustness. Dubbed "Vigilance", the campaign created a unified message for the company and greatly helped expand awareness of the Yokogawa brand and corporate philosophy.

Industries: Refining

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Yokogawa VigilantPlant Services Revisited

In today's dynamic industrial marketplace, the only constant is change. Raw material costs, energy costs, market demands, environmental and safety regulations, technology, and even the nature of the labor force itself are constantly changing, and not always in predictable directions.

Industries: Refining

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Yokogawa VigilantPlant Services Provide a Sustainable Approach to Continuous Plant Improvement

Process automation end users are under more pressure than ever to do more with less. The current economic climate means that many automation capital projects are on hold. With capital budgets tighter than ever, users instead focus on operational budgets (where cost cutting is also a key concern), or on automation investments with a very rapid return on investment.

Industries: Refining

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The Use of an On-line Model for Site Wide Energy Costs Minimization

This paper describes the tasks performed together with Soteica, by using an on-line model, to help achieve site wide energy costs minimization.
A detailed model of steam, fuels, electric, boiler feed water and condensates system has been built, contemplating all the real constraints and degrees of freedom for their operation. The electric power system is also modelled as it interacts with the steam production and usage. Such a model is continually validated with live data. A continuous calculation of equipment efficiencies is done as part of the performance monitoring activity of the model that is running as a service.

Industries: Refining

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  • Jan 2012
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Consolidation of refinery control rooms - Petroleum Technology Quarterly

Migration of a refinery's DCS provided an opportunity to reconfigure and consolidate the control rooms and operational management system.

Industries: Refining

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  • Jul 2011
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Automating procedural operations for continuous processes - Petroleum Technology Quarterly

July 2011

Process plants are run according to operational procedures. These procedures consist of a set of tasks that are executed in a consistent manner to achieve a specific objective, such as starting up, shutting down or transitioning a unit as part of making a product. 

Industries: Refining

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  • May 2007
Safety Solution 52: A Yokogawa ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system - Safety Solutions thumbnail

Safety Solution 52: A Yokogawa ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system - Safety Solutions

April/May 2007

A Yokogawa ProSafe-RS safety instrumentedsystem (SIS) will be the nucleus of a newfire and gas safety system at Shell's Clyde (NSW) refinery. The contract includes thecontrol system, system engineering andinstallation and supervision.

Industries: Refining

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  • Jul 2015
Use Advanced Automation and Project Management to Simplify Refinery Construction thumbnail

Use Advanced Automation and Project Management to Simplify Refinery Construction

Process automation in oil refineries is undergoing major changes, driven by customers frustrated by what they consider to be slow and incremental advances from the main automation original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the industry. ExxonMobil has become a de facto industry representative and is driving vendors like Yokogawa and others to reevaluate how large-scale automation projects are implemented.

Industries: Refining

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  • Mar 2011
Using ISA100.11a Wireless Technology to Monitor Pressure and Temperature in a Refinery thumbnail

Using ISA100.11a Wireless Technology to Monitor Pressure and Temperature in a Refinery

Using wireless technology for monitoring a variety of measuring points in Industrial Plants has becoming a very attractive choice for plant managers. Today, the plant manager is able to build a quick and cost effective network solution to enable flexible information acquisition and to improve maintenance efficiency and safety.

Industries: Refining

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  • Sep 2014
Refineries Get Back on Track to Save Energy thumbnail

Refineries Get Back on Track to Save Energy

Visual MESA Systems empower improved operational efficiencies in real time

Industries: Refining

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  • Aug 2014
In a Crisis, Are Machines Better Than Humans? thumbnail

In a Crisis, Are Machines Better Than Humans?

Machines don't panic and they always do what they're told. But they can't think on their feet and can't react to situations for which they have not been programmed. Which do you want to depend on when your life depends on it?

Industries: Refining

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  • Jan 2013
Promoting Excellence in Process Automation - Control Engineering thumbnail

Promoting Excellence in Process Automation - Control Engineering

CONTROL, January 2013

Standard Automation Methodology Improves Operations and Prevents Incidents by Enabling the Sharing of Best Practices Among Operators.

Industries: Refining

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  • Jul 2012
Procedural Automation Helps Reduce Energy Consumption at Commercial-Scale Pilot Plant - ARC Insights thumbnail

Procedural Automation Helps Reduce Energy Consumption at Commercial-Scale Pilot Plant - ARC Insights

ARC believes that by implementing procedural automation, many process plants can minimize variability to help ensure smooth, efficient, and safe state transitions.

Industries: Refining

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