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Water Benchmarking

Written by Monday, 29 April 2013 15:17
Motivation Like some large banks, oil refineries may think they are too important for our economy to be allowed to fail. They expect that someone, somehow, will keep quenching their thirst. This was illustrated in the results of the 2010 survey by the Water Disclosure Project. The response from the…

Water Optimisation - Help! Where do I start?

Written by Wednesday, 09 January 2013 18:00
"As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - - the ones we don't know we don't…
Fast track projects can provide quick wins and competitive advantage. However, in most cases the implementation of these projects requires a shutdown for installing the necessary tie-ins or integration into an upcoming turnaround (TA). Depending on the nature of the project and complexity of the TA, the integration can be…

Petro-SIM Model Prevents FCC Shutdown

Written by Monday, 10 December 2012 18:00
Canadian refiner Suncor has been a long-time user of KBC software, but an opportunity at their Edmonton plant allowed them to realise additional value from Petro-SIM™ and FCC-SIM™. On October 20, 2010, Suncor had a planned shutdown of their Alkylation unit. Normally this would result in extensive flaring or even…

Accelerated Competency Development - Part II

Written by Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:00
The key to accelerating the traditional training models mentioned last week is to provide the right level of structure (based on traditional competency development) with blended delivery methods; enhanced learner engagement; experiential learning transfer; and qualified trainers. By focusing on different elements of learning; process knowledge (process overviews and process…


Outlooks on Energy

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