February 2016

Process Control/Instrumentation

Utilize APC solutions to resolve hydrocracker conversion optimization challenges

Improving profits and reducing costs remain priorities for owner/operators and management.

Bożek, M., PKN ORLEN S.A.; Oleszczuk, G., Honeywell Advanced Solutions

Improving profits and reducing costs remain priorities for owner/operators and management. Advanced process control (APC) solutions not only meet such expectations, but also very often exceed them. In 2013, a solutions provider implemented two APC applications at the largest refinery in Central Europe, operated by PKN Orlen in Płock, Poland. Based on market conditions and a benefits study, PKN Orlen designated two units for pilot APC applications: the hydrocracker (HCK) and fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. This article focuses on the implementation of the HCK and provides details of the suite of APC solutions that have helped the PKN Orlen facility to achieve greater profits and results

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