March 2002


Consider over-the-fence product stream swapping to raise profitability

By exchanging process streams, neighboring HPI facilities can increase yields without new unit construction

T. E. SWATY, Stone & Webster, Inc., A Shaw Group Co., Houston, Texas       Comments? Write: Potentially substantial economic returns are possible for refineries and proximate ethylene plants that can actively interchange intermediate streams. In fact, refineries and petrochemical producers located in western Japan are currently implementing pipeline interconnections between facilities to facilitate the interchange of products and feedstocks.1 Typically, this opportunity is not exploited because both

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