REFINERY DISTILLATION: OPERATION & TROUBLESHOOTING

 

The Refinery Distillation: Operation & Troubleshooting course covers fundamentals and practical application of distillation in refining processes. The material covers the fundamentals of distillation processing, process considerations, equipment considerations, control and troubleshooting. Extended material covers a variety of advanced topics. Every major distillation application in the refinery is discussed. Proper operation of these units is critical to meeting product specifications and achieving optimum profitability. Multiple case studies are used to illustrate the relative importance of different points.

Extensive coverage includes both process and equipment considerations in revamping existing units, as well as both conventional equipment and modern high-capacity equipment used to expand capacity of existing units. The revamp discussion covers practical considerations involved in tower revamps including equipment selection, impact of modifications on turnaround duration, balancing technical risk against stretch objectives and other practical needs that must be included for successful revamps. Extensive discussion covers many of the factors for assuring a successful revamp instead of a failed expansion project. Recent process intensification steps such as alternate process schemes including refinery applications of divided wall towers will be presented.

 

The program’s content is both comprehensive and wide-ranging. Time is allocated each day to invite participation from participants for presentation to the audience. Attendees will gain an understanding of how process requirements, equipment operation, and economic objectives interact. Once the fundamentals are established, the session moves into the topics of operation, control, troubleshooting, and revamps. The program speaker is Mr. Andrew Sloley, a Principal Consultant at Advisian (WorleyParsons Group) in Bellingham, Washington.

 

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE 

1. PROCESSES

    •  Introduction

 •  Distillation Fundamentals

 •  Distillation Types

        •  Simulation 

    2. HYDRAULICS

                   •  Distillation Equipment

      •  Trays
      •  Packing

             •  High Capacity Equipment and Revamps

             •  Efficiency Versys Performance  

          3.  DISTILLATION TOWERS AS SYSTEMS

             •  Feeds and Draws

  • Auxiliary Equipment

     •  Reboilers
     •  Condesers
4.  REFINERY SERVICES
     •  Splitters

            •  Main Fractionators

            •  Strippers

            •  Gas Plants

            •  Absorbers

            •  Crude Units

            •  FCC Units

                •  Delayed Cokers

                •  Light Ends (Isom, Alky)

                •  Hydrotreaters and Crackers 

5.  OPERATION AND CONTROL

     •  Capacity Control and Optimization

     •  Product Quality Control

     •  Pressure Control

     •  Other Constraints

     •  Advanced Control

6.  TROUBLESHOOTING

 •  Basic Principles

   •  Conventional Methods

   •  Advanced Methods

7.  ADVANCED REFINERY DISTILLATION

             •  Reactive Distillation

 

PROGRAM SPEAKER

Andrew W. Sloley is a Consultant for Advisian (WorleyParsons Group), Houston, Texas. He has over 35 years of experience in the hydrocarbon processing industry.  At Advisian he is primarily responsible for economic analysis and conceptual design of refinery and petrochemical plant modifications for profit improvement. He has worked extensively on petrochemical and refining units. His other responsibilities include proposal preparation, technical support and system troubleshooting.  Andrew has authored or co-authored over 300 publications on petrochemical and refinery operations in the areas of equipment design and troubleshooting.  He is currently a contributing editor on equipment and plant design forChemical Processingmagazine.  He has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.