October 2007

Process Developments

Consider better practices for refining operations

Improved refinery planning involves two-way communication with plant groups

A?s part of their efforts to drive operational efficiency, major refining companies are focusing more on managing supply-chain activities as an integrated process, with refinery planning and scheduling being the two areas that are becoming more closely connected. At the macro level, the best practices from leading global refiners in the planning and scheduling area include: enhancing crude selection process, optimizing three-month production planning activities, establishing work processes to standardize crude and refinery scheduling, and achieving immediate value from blend optimization. Planning and scheduling. Historically, refiners have built organizations based on the processes associ

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