Fuels Blending System Bench-marking Survey

A refinery typical produces 70-85% fuel products (gasoline, diesel, LPG, fuel oil) of its crude throughput by blending 10-12 refinery products which vary in both qualities and monetary value. These fuels products have very strict specifications to meet and refinery use automated fuels blending control system to optimize and control their properties.

This survey will benchmark the state of fuels blending system in a refinery to compare with other refineries by using two indices, Automation Effectiveness And Operational Efficiency. These two indices also gauges budgetary investment required either to convert manual to automated system or upgrade automated system to state-of-the-art blending control system.  Refinery management and operations are always faced with the following questions:

  • Are re-blends and quality giveaway minimized?
  • Are blends profitable?
  • What is the payback for additional automation?
  • How does our blending performance compare to other refineries?

OMS has launched word-wide campaign to survey refineries’ Fuels Blending Systems.  If your refinery  would like to participate in the survey, need more information or request proposal (RFP/RFQ), please contact us by clicking here.

Background

Offsite Management Systems specializes in consulting related to fuel blending and automation of refinery offsite operations. We are surveying US and Canadian refineries on the performance of their fuel blending operations to establish performance benchmarks and best practices in this area.

The survey evaluates fuel (Gasoline, Diesel, kero and Fuel oils) blending operations in each refinery by the following two indices:

  1. Automation Effectiveness
  2. Operational Efficiency

Automation Effectiveness

It reflects the sophistication of blending system installed at the refinery as well as the usage of the system by refinery staff. The calculation of automation effectiveness includes information on:

  • Tank farm automation (signals, stock tank allocations, line-up)
  • Field Equipment (Pumps, control valves, MOV’s)
  • Timely availability of component property information
  • Types of analyzers, their locations and sampling methods
  • Computer Hardware (DCS, APC)
  • Regulatory and Advanced Control Strategy
  • Reconciliation of plan versus executed blends

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Figure 1 Modules evaluated for Automation Effectiveness Index

Operational Efficiency

It measures how well blending operations are performed on a day-to-day basis. The calculation of operational efficiency takes into account both properties give-away in the final blend (if any) and formulation of optimum recipes by using least expensive components available in the stocks pool.

  • Evaluates actual blend execution data against best case and worst case
  • Measures profit improvement potential in $$ / year and separates benefits by

-Stock economics

-Giveaway minimization

-Inventory minimization

  • Ranks against other refineries using ratio of profit captured / profit available

Figure 2 Process to estimate the Operational Efficiency Index

Benefits

  • A detailed, independent assessment of blending operations at your refinery
  • Benchmark against the rest of the industry

– How automated are blending operations?
– How well are blending operations executed?

  • Identifies specific improvement projects with benefits for each project

– Sound basis for project appropriation

  • Measure improvement over time

– Project post audit

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Figure 3 Examples of Identified Project Benefits

Required Data

  1. Supply information about the configuration of the plant blending equipment and operations, a detailed fill-in list of questionnaires will be supplied.
  2.  Supply 6 to 12 months of blending operational data for actually executed blends. OMS will furnish a formatted excel worksheet to input all required data. Alternatively, a dump of information from your plant database can also be used.

Methodology

  1. We will issue detailed questionnaires to assess the level of blending automation from all points of view and assign detailed weighting factors and status level to each and every category of automation to generate an automation effective index for your refinery. In our experience, this is accurate with ± 5% for all practical purpose.
  2. OMS will use our own optimization software to re-evaluate and optimize each and every blend batch data to evaluate how effective your blending was and to estimate the lost tangible benefits from recipe and inventory optimization to minimize quality giveaways.
  3. We use all latest nonlinear blend models and non-linear optimizer algorithm to capture maximum benefits. Lowest benefits are calculated using linear blending models and simply linear programming.
  4. Above methodology will generate two indexes for your refinery as shown below and will be compared with other refineries on the same basis.

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Figure 4 Relative Refinery Rankings

Deliverables

  1.  A report on the overall findings of the survey
  2.  Operational efficiency and automation effectiveness indices for your refinery
  3. Comparison of your operational efficiency and automation effectiveness to the aggregated results of the refineries in the study
  4. A presentation by an OMS expert on the results of the survey

Schedule and Cost

  1. Month-1 Kick-off and Data Collection and consolidation
  2. Month-2 Data Analysis and generation of Efficiency indices
  3. Month-3 Compilation of final survey Report and presentation of results
  4. Month-4 Follow-up and close-out

Please contact us for quotation to participate on individual refinery basis or for corporate-wide refineries.

Confidentiality

OMS will not reveal the name of refinery and/or its confidential information to any participating or non-participating refinery in the common report.  However, refinery specific individual report will indicate your location on all comparison charts to clearly indicate your standing in that criterion.

Contact Information

If you would like to participate in the survey or partner with us, please contact us.

Offsite Management Systems LLC
3311 Stoney Mist Dr.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479, USA

Tel: 281-265-4386 / 281-650-3707, Fax: 866-450-4035
Email: info@globaloms.com Web: www.globaloms.com

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