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Automation of Refinery Offsite Operations

  • Managers, technical and operating staff in the oil and gas industry interested or involved in offsite operations.
  • To provide a thorough understanding of the principles behind operating and managing refinery offsite operations.
Learning Objectives
  • To understand the distinction between onsite/offsite operations in a refinery.
  • To learn about issues of custody transfer and terminal operations.
  • To assess all elements of tank farm management storage needs, control, instruments, safety, environment, oil movement, scheduling, etc.
  • To be familiar with the refinery's crude oils and products blending operations.
  • To analyze offsite automation projects planning, economics and strategic implementation.
Ways and means
  • Active participation through teamwork, analysis of real-life case studies and simulated demonstration of automation systems.

Overview of offsite operations 0.5 day
  • Overview of refining processes.
  • Distinction and economics of offsite operations.
  • Custody transfer problems and challenges.
  • Terminal operations (marine, pipeline and trucks).
Tank farm management 1.5 days
  • Tank farm fundamentals.
  • Automatic Tank Gauging (ATG) system.
  • Tank inventory information management.
  • Tank quality analysis and prediction.
  • Fugitive tank emission measurement and control.
  • Oil movement and control.
  • Planning and scheduling.
Blending systems and operations 1 day
  • Blending operations.
  • Crude blending.
  • Product (gasoline, Diesel, fuel, lube) blending.
  • Blending modes and configurations.
  • Field equipment and instrumentation.
  • Analyzers and sampling systems.
  • Regulatory blend control.
  • Blend trim control.
Advanced blend control and optimization systems 1 day
  • Advanced blend control strategy.
  • Blend models.
  • Blend optimization.
  • Refinery wide planning.
  • Offline blend optimizer.
  • Online blend control and optimization.
  • Data reconciliation and feedback.
  • Interfaces with other systems.
  • System architecture.
  • Over-all integration.
Planning, justifying, implementing and realization 0.5 day
  • Project identification.
  • Data gathering and analysis.
  • Economical justification.
  • Where and how to start?
  • Required enterprise changes.
  • Project implementation phases and strategy.
  • How to realize and sustain benefits?
  • Putting it all together - Myths and facts.
Simulated demonstration of optimization and automation systems 0.5 day
  • Introduction and examples of linear programming.
  • Crude blending simulation and LP.
  • Offline blend optimization of fuel products.
  • Online tanks quality tracking system.
  • Online blend control and optimization.