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.
1. REVIEW OF HEAT EXCHANGER
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.