GE to present oil refining process papers at AFPM annual meeting


GE to present oil refining process papers at AFPM annual meeting The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Annual Meeting will take place March 23-25, 2014, in Orlando, Fla., and GE (NYSE: GE) will have experts from its water and process technologies business on-site to present two technical papers.

GE’s Michael Dion will present “Challenges and Solutions for Processing Opportunity Crudes[1]” (Paper # 14-13) on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., which is one of the “Adapting to Tight Oil” breakout sessions.

The first line of defense for successful refinery crude unit corrosion and fouling control is optimal operation of the desalter. Today’s opportunity crudes, including synthetic crudes, diluted bitumen, diluted crude oils and shale oils, vary greatly in terms of quality and the processing challenges they represent. Additionally, crudes and their blends can be incompatible, precipitating asphaltenes and high molecular weight aliphatic compounds. This precipitation can increase the stability of emulsions and contribute to downstream fouling. Fluctuating crude quality and compatibility issues elevate the importance and challenge to effective desalter operation. “Challenges and Solutions for Processing Opportunity Crudes” outlines some of the quality variations in crudes, describes several methods to enhance desalter operation and presents case histories for improved desalter operation with today’s opportunity crudes.

A paper written by GE’s Jeffrey Zurlo, Patricio Ayala and Michael Bloss along with Marathon Petroleum Company’s Scott Simon entitled, “Amine System Improvements Drive Refinery Gains1” (Paper # AM-14-47) will be presented by Zurlo and Simon on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. as part of the “Sulfur Recovery & Utilities” breakout session.

Amine units are essential to maintain refinery product specifications and safely handle acid gas contaminants throughout the refinery. “Amine System Improvements Drive Refinery Gains” highlights how attention to critical amine system conditions and performance can significantly reduce unit operating costs, improve refinery reliability and avoid operational upsets. The paper shares example data from a major U.S. Gulf Coast refinery to highlight operating improvements, cost reduction and energy savings resulting in significant and sustainable operating cost improvements.

Copies of these two technical papers will be available after the meeting at the AFPM website.

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