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CHM 125 - Optimizing Olefin Plant Unit Operations

Code Start Date Duration Venue
CHM 125 09 October 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
CHM 125 04 December 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

Safe, reliable, and energy efficient – it’s not a goal, it’s a necessity. And it’s achievable.

Bulk petrochemical manufacturing is a highly competitive global industry. When margins are tight, manufacturers seek ways to optimize performance and to reduce costs while maximizing yields and revenue. Optimization options include alternative feeds, plant/process revamps and improved operations to achieve better separation and yields to lower energy consumption, to minimize product loss and to decrease maintenance costs.

In an increasingly competitive market, olefins producers are challenged daily to minimize operating costs, operate safely and reliably, and reduce the impact of plant operations on the environment. All objectives can be achieved, by well-trained operators and maintenance personnel, optimized processes, and knowledge of equipment health and process unit performance capabilities.

This presentation will describe systems functionality, how the components interact to support overall energy optimization, and provide estimates of the benefits they can be expected to deliver.

Course Objectives

  •  Get a detailed overview of Olefin Unit operations, processes and economics
  • Overview the equipment of an Olefin Unit
  • Discuss Olefin Unit flow sheets
  • Explore chemistry and catalyst
  • Gain an understating of process unit margins
  • Learn troubleshooting Techniques
  • Gain an insight to optimization strategies

Who Should Attend?

  • 1st Line Operations personnel,
  • Operation Supervisors,
  • 1st Line Maintenance personnel,
  • Maintenance Supervisors,
  • Senior Plant Supervisors,
  • Operations Engineers
  • Process Support Engineers,
  • Design Engineers,
  • Cost Engineers

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Overview of the Chemical Processing Industry
  • Review of Process Incidents
  • Safety for the Chemical Processing Industry
  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Chemistry
  • Description of a Hydrocarbon Molecule
  • Types of Hydrocarbon Molecules
  • Definition and Function of a Catalyst

Day 2

  • Introduction to Petrochemical Key Concepts
  • Unit Operations
  • Process Flow Diagrams
  • Mass Balance
  • Introduction to Olefin Plant Equipment
  • Distillation
  • Absorption
  • Heat Exchange
  • Reactors
  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Furnaces

Day 3

  • Ethylene Distillation
  • Designing Towers for Fouling Service
  • DSD Case Study
  • Quench Water Tower Case Study
  •  Process Equipment Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting concepts and techniques
  • Typical Problems
  • Interaction of Process and Equipment
  • Tower Scan Case Study
  • Tower Inspection Case Study

Day 4

  • Introduction to Plant Reliability
  • Equipment Design for improved Reliability
  • Introduction to Quality
  • Overview of Statistical Process Control

Day 5

  • Cost Control
  • Feedstock
  • Energy
  • Develop Key Performance Indicators
  • Managing Projects
  • People Development
  • Team Building
  • Training