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Mertens J.,KBC Process Technology Ltd.
Hydrocarbon Engineering | Year: 2010

Joris Mertens, KBC Process Technologies, Ltd., the Netherlands discusses a greenhouse gas management strategy tools to help refineries to deal with the challenge of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. He states that better management of CO2 emissions can play a key role in energy management. Some impact that need to be considered for controlling GHG emissions include better monitoring of consumption of steam, power, or hydrogen. An optimization of the utility and hydrogen system needs to include the GHG emissions cost involved. Hydrogen production needs to be an area of focus for refineries till 2012, as hydrogen plant emissions reporting is a major defect in the system. Refineries need to implement better measurement and reporting system to overcome challenges of CO2v emissions. Source

George S.,KBC Process Technology Ltd.
Hydrocarbon Engineering | Year: 2011

The value in Atlantic Basin refinery transactions is assessed against the context of the global economic downturn. The study finds that Atlantic Basin refiners will face pressures from new export oriented refineries being built in Asia, the Middle East and the north of Brazil. New competitive threats to refining include biofuels and alternatively fuelled vehicles, both of which will reduce demand for conventional refined fuels. East Coast refiners will continue to be pressured by the transatlantic gasoline arbitrage and the need of European refiners to export surplus gasoline as they aim to maximise their distillate output. Hydrocracking refineries should be better positioned to compete in the European markets and as an example, Lukoil's 45% stake in the Vlissingen refinery should position it to refine Russian crude oil and supply distillates in the Northwest European market. Source

George S.,KBC Process Technology Ltd.
Hydrocarbon Engineering | Year: 2011

An overview of the worldwide refining industry and major developments in Asia and the Middle East are discussed. Middle Eastern economies have continued to grow through the downturn in the past years. Major projects in the Gulf are starting to come to market in 2011 with the start up in Qatar of the Pearl GTL complex. These will be followed by three new refineries in Saudi Arabia, major expansions of the Ruwais refinery in Abu Dhabi and the Sohar refinery in Oman, to be followed by additional new grassroots capacity both in Oman and Kuwait. The region's two main economies, China and India, continue to account for the major share both of product demand growth and refinery investment. Malaysia continues to see strong interest in its refining sector. New refining/petrochemical projects sponsored both by the private sector and by national oil company Petronas are currently in the feasibility phase. Vietnam has also seen a slowing of its refinery expansion plans following the successful start up of the 130 000 bpd Binh Son refinery, Vietnam's first, in 2009. Source

KBC PROCESS TECHNOLOGY Ltd | Date: 1988-02-10


Milosevic Z.,KBC Process Technology Ltd. | Shire T.,KBC Process Technology Ltd.
Hydrocarbon Processing | Year: 2011

Distillate hydrotreaters are large energy consumers. As more stringent sulfur specifications are introduced, refiners must increase energy usage for hydrotreating purposes. As much as 10% of a refinery's total energy consumption is attributed to hydrotreating products. A case study that evaluates the economics of retrofitting distillate hydrotreaters options that can improve energy efficiency, i.e., increasing the surface area of feed preheat exchangers and installing a hot separator, is prsented. The economics of using alternative heat exchange techniques, e.g., twisted tubes, plate exchangers, and printed circuit exchangers, are also presented. Source

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