Hydrocarbon Processing: Expand crude diet flexibility through comprehensive oil management

One of the primary means for refiners to boost profitability is to improve crude diet flexibility. Many refiners are challenged with increasing their margins while the quality of the global crude oil supply declines. Refiners require the ability to process greater volumes of a variety of opportunity crudes, from light shale oils to heavy Canadian crude, without compromising refinery processes or equipment. Although opportunity crudes boost a refiner’s bottom line, they also introduce an array of challenges and risks. Processing issues in the crude unit, such as fouling and corrosion, are frequently traced back to poor efficiency of contaminant removal in the desalter. The desalter often becomes the focus for correcting the problem. However, desalting inefficiency is only a symptom of systemic problems further upstream, which may occur during slop oil generation or in the tank farm. The problem cannot be efficiently and permanently corrected without a clear understanding of the root cause. Download the PDF…

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