TECHNICAL SEMINARS

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Refining Process Services, Inc. provides technical training seminars in the field of petroleum refining, also called oil refining. The modern petroleum refinery has a series of core process units that create clean gasoline and low sulfur diesel fuel. The first oil refinery unit is crude oil desalting. The desalter removes salt, water and other contaminants from crude oil prior to distillation in an atmospheric tower. The fractions recovered from the atmospheric distillation tower include naphtha, kerosene, diesel and bottoms liquid called atmospheric resid. This material is fractionated via vacuum distillation into gas oil and vacuum resid.

 

Raw gasoline recovered from petroleum consists of light naphtha and heavy naphtha. Light naphtha is processed through an isomerization unit and heavy naphtha is processed in a catalytic reforming unit or reformer so that gasoline octane is improved. Kerosene is blended into jet fuel. Diesel fuel is treated in a hydrotreating unit or hydrotreater with catalyst and hydrogen to reduce sulfur level and improve quality. Gas oil is converted in fluid catalytic cracking and hydrocracking units or hydrocracker into gasoline and diesel. Light olefins from the fluid catalytic cracker are processed in either HF acid (hydrofluoric acid) or sulfuric acid alkylation units. Vacuum resid is processed in delayed coking units which convert heavy oil from crude into lighter products.

 

To learn more about this vital industry, Refining Process Services offers a series of technical training seminars. All programs are offered in the form of public seminars.   Most programs are also offered for in-house presentation at a client location.  Select theOn-Site Training tab for  more information.  A listing of core seminars is provided below. For further information click on the seminar title below:

OPTIMIZING HEAT EXCHANGER NETWORKS

The program will start by covering established best practices for operational measures that incur no or low capital cost followed by design methods to cost-effectively revamp existing sub-optimal Heat Exchanger Networks (HENs). A $2-5/bbl reduction in energy costs is typical. Attendees will gain insights on how to identify energy cost saving opportunities, through a combination of lectures and working sessions using spreadsheet software to illustrate the methodologies (bring your computers!).

The program will be presented by Mr. Jimmy D. Kumana, who is an internationally recognized expert in the field of process energy optimization and has led dozens of such training courses over the past 30 years. For example, at a major oil company his team was responsible for reducing the corporate energy index for a major NOC by 40% within just 6 years, despite fuel costs in the range of $0.75-1.25/MMBtu. The program is structured to enable close interaction between the speaker and the participants. Case studies from Mr. Kumana’s personal experience with real oil refineries, gas processing and petrochemical plants will be presented. Program notes and basic software tools will be supplied to participants on a flash drive.

This program should be of particularly great value to refinery process engineers charged with energy cost reduction at their plant sites. Besides improved profitability, the capacity of utility equipment (boilers, fired heaters, cooling towers) will be debottlenecked. Executives from EPC companies seeking a competitive edge, executives from gas utilities responsible for demand side energy reduction, and managers at environmental regulatory agencies will also find this program very enlightening and useful.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

1.  REVIEW OF HEAT EXCHANGER

Types (Descriptive)
Enhanced Heat Transfer
Design Equations
Hx Performance Simulation 
 
2.  HEAT EXCHANGER NETWORKS
WS 1a - HEN Design the Old Way
The Process Pinch - Tools & Rules 
WS 1b - HEN Design the Pinch Way
Multiple Utilities 
Multiple Pinches 
Capex/OPEX Treadeoffs 
Advanced HEN Design 
HEN Performance Simulation 
Optimum Retrofit Methods 
WS 2 - HEN Retrofit Exercise 
Operability and Resilience 
 
3.  INTEGRATION w/ OTHER UNIT OPERATIONS 
Distillation Columns
Compressors and Expanders
Reactors
 
4.  PROCESS-UTILITY INTEGRATION 
Fired Heaters
Hot Oil Circuits 
Heat Engines (Steam & Gas Turbines)
Heat Pumps (e.g in LNG Plants 
Steam and BFW Systems 
Plant Water and WW Systems 
Cooling Towers & CW Circuits 
Refrigeration 
Vacuum Systems 
 
 
5.  PROCESS MODIFICATIONS
The Plus / Minus Principle
Non-Isothermal Mixing
Flash Sequencing 
Complex Distillation Columns 
 
6.  DATA EXTRACTION
Core Flowsheets
Data Preparation - Tempered Water Loops, 
Non-Linear CPs, Flexible Supply and Target
Temperatures, Introducing - New Streams 
 
7.  LIMITATIONS OF PINCH ANALYSIS
Process Variability 
Time Consurrency
Process Lag Times 
External Costs, and Capex Offsets
Piping and Instrumentation Costs 
Constructability Considerations
 
8.  CASE STUDIES
 
HCU Retrofit-MidEast 
Styrene Plant New Design - Japan 
Hydrotreater Retrofit - China 
DCU Furnace Debottlenecking - USA 
CDU Run Time Extension via Fouling Control - Europe   
 
PROGRAM SPEAKER

Jimmy D. Kumana has over 40 years of experience in the areas of process design and energy optimization. He worked for both manufacturing and engineering design companies before establishing Kumana & Associates, specializing in optimization techniques for energy efficiency. He has been a consultant to Blue-Chip companies world-wide including Amoco (now BP), ConocoPhillips, Pemex, PetroChina, Tesoro (now Marathon), Saudi Aramco, Dupont, Ineos, Lubrizol, Monsanto, Solutia (now Eastman Chem), Union Carbide (now Dow), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, SABIC, and SASOL. He has also been a consultant to energy utilities including EPRI, GRI, Southern Cal Edison, Xcel Energy, Southern Cal Gas and Dubai Supply Authority, as well as to the US Dept of Energy, Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals, the World Bank (IFC), and UNIDO. He has authored or co-authored over 70 technical papers and book chapters and was the instructor for AIChE’s course on Heat Recovery Optimization for many years. Mr. Kumana holds an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

 

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