Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

Alshaye, A.

Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Abdulmajeed Alshaye is an engineering specialist with Saudi Aramco Oil Co. At present, he is responsible for promoting new technologies and practices related to process optimization. He joined the company in 1996, where he started working as a rotating equipment engineer. Since that time, he has held various positions within the company. His main experience is in rotating equipment, process optimization, compressed air, air separation, energy optimization, steam systems, building envelope and HVAC. Mr. Alshaye is an Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)-certified energy manager and a 1996 graduate of King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Consider pitot tube pumps for low-flow, high-head applications

Saudi Aramco: Alshaye, A.

Low-flow, high-head pumping requirements in refining and petrochemical plants make up less than 2% of the total pump population. This minor percentage is creating significant reliability concerns, which result in low mean-time between failures (MTBF), as well as high maintenance costs.

Case study: Improve vacuum tower operation with VFD addition

Saudi Aramco: Alshaye, A.

The bottom pump in crude vacuum units is an area of concern for almost all petroleum oil refineries. The harsh operating parameters in which these pumps operate, including high product temperature and significant vacuum suction pressure, have resulted in frequent vacuum tower upsets and low mean time between failures (MTBF) for vacuum bottom pumps.

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