After crude oil is being extracted, it goes into the refinery plants and gets converted to products, like high performance fuel, which can be used for many different purposes. Usually, the crude petroleum is heated to change into a gas. Then when the gas cools down it condenses into liquid inside the distilling column. Liquids are taken out from the column at different heights to get different products. If the refinery processes can be improved then you will be able to save a lot of money. Here are some ways of improving the oil refinery processes.
Improving process control
Without any investment, you will be able to get lots of benefits by simply improving your process control. Process engineers can come up with a new process control scheme that can improve the performance and profitability significantly.
Using new method to separate crude petroleum
Researchers at the Purdue University have come up with a new method of separating crude petroleum. If this method is implemented, you will be able to cut down your costs significantly. The researchers have found out 70 new sequences that could improve the refinery process. The energy efficiency of the refineries can be improved from 6% to 48%.
Advanced technology such as statistical monitoring, process control algorithm, wireless sensing, monitoring, etc. can improve the refinery process. It will improve the timeliness of the processes.
These methods of refinery process improvement have proven to be very successful. You will be able to reduce your processing time and cost by implementing these methods.