Redefining Refining

Many refiners and petrochemical manufacturers are upgrading their operations management capabilities to take full advantage of reduced feedstock costs.

They are looking for automated solutions that can help them vary their product offerings. They are looking for ways to interact with their processes to squeeze additional production value. And they are looking for increased productivity to help account for age attrition.

Wonderware solutions helps downstream refining and petrochemical producers achieve superior performance through better management of their energy usage and costs, optimization of their process yields, reduction or elimination of safety-related incidents and improved operator performance. Companies throughout the world have applied Wonderware solutions in achieving excellence in refining, including olefins production, off-sites management and business integration.

Petroleum refining – New resiliency for a dynamic market

Petroleum refining faces daunting issues and challenges. Feedstocks are becoming heavier and more difficult to process, energy costs change in real time and demand profiles are shifting. The characteristics of the workforce are changing as well, with personnel who know how to safely and efficiently run a refinery retiring and being replaced by less experienced employees. This heightens the risk of adverse events, and these issues make it increasingly difficult for refiners to operate safely and profitably.

As refiners gear up for an ever more connected future, Wonderware solutions will be there to help capture the increased data that will be exchanged, manage it efficiently and interpret it in the business context that is increasingly important for success in today’s energy economy. Schneider Electric offers point solutions for petroleum refineries as well as solutions that combine its portfolio offerings and services with 3rd-party offerings to deliver industry solutions designed to solve complex refining problems such as reducing energy consumption and improving process safety. The Wonderware System Platform enables the integration of various component offerings to deliver exceptional value.

 

Wonderware solutions help refiners adapt to changing market conditions by helping them:

  • Match product yields to market demand
  • Capitalize on low-cost feedstocks
  • Improve process safety
  • Cost-effectively process difficult feedstocks
  • Increase refining margins
  • Manage the transformation of the workforce
  • Leveraging the value of increasingly intelligent and social devices

Olefins production – Leveraging unconventional gas production

The dynamics of olefins production have been turned upside down with the commercialization of unconventional (shale) gas production and the associated availability of low-cost light feedstocks. In the past, liquid crackers were the preferred method of olefins production. Now, with the availability of cheap shale gases, it is economical to crack light gasses to make final products. As a result, new gas crackers are being built, forcing olefin producers to be more efficient. Wonderware software can help olefins producers minimize energy consumption, maximize yields, operate safely and minimize unplanned downtime.

Wonderware helps refiners benefit from the new economies of gas production

  • Improve process safety
  • Cost-effectively process difficult feedstocks
  • Increase refining margins
  • Manage the transformation of the workforce
  • Integrate and optimize equipment and processes