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Ajay Laghate

AIT Technical Sales Consultant, Process Automation, Schneider Electric - Applied Instrument Technologies

Ajay Laghate has been working with analyzers and systems for Blending automation projects for the past 18 years with successful implementation of 10+ projects.

Best Practises for Analytical Systems in Gasoline Blending Operation

Best Practices for Analytical Systems

Abstract: The global refining scenario has changed ever since the crude oil prices bottomed out to USD 50.00-55.00 per barrel. Add to this, the increased pressure from regulatory authorities with even more restrictive gasoline blending specifications; as an example, one has to meet almost 33 product specifications simultaneously depending upon the type of fuel. It is impossible to try and do this the old fashioned “manual blending” way and thus it has become imperative for refiners all over the world to optimize gasoline blending operations to “on-spec all the time” blend optimization.

Having realized this, many refiners are opting for Blend Optimization and Blend Automation Solutions. But instead of achieving the big savings promised and reduced giveaways, most face challenges in keeping up with the operation and maintenance demands of the system. This leads to reblends, increased giveaways and all around stress on the entire operation team.

Typically savings from OCTANE and RVP giveaways in a medium sized refinery (100K to 250K bpd) amount to USD 6.00 Million in OPEX and CAPEX by using closed loop, recipe-optimal property control with advanced application technology blend optimization systems.

We will take a look at the “Critical Elements” of blending automation: the on-line analyzers, and what to do to get it right the first time and every time.

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