June 2003

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Crude oil blend scheduling optimization: an application with multimillion dollar benefits – Part 1

The ability to schedule the crude oil blendshop more effectively provides substantial downstream benefits

Kelly, J. D., Mann, J. L., Honeywell Process Solutions

Economic and operability benefits associated with better crude oil blend scheduling are numerous and significant. The various crude oils that arrive at a refinery to be processed into the different refined products must be carefully handled and mixed before they are charged to the atmospheric and vacuum distillation units or pipestill. Many details are involved in optimizing scheduling of a refinery's crude oil feedstocks from receipt to charging of the pipestills. Every refinery that charges a mix of crude oils to a pipestill has a crude oil blend scheduling optimization opportunity. Producing and updating a schedule of when, where, what and how much crude oil to blend can be difficul

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