(Updated Mar 1st, 2014)
"To Shale or Not to Shale. Refinery Configuration Analysis at the 10000 FT Level While Getting a 100 Ft Level Value Estimateas to Liquids - Ultra Clean Motor Fuel"
by: Pete Nick
Senior Supervising Process Engineer
Tel: +1 626 803 5395
West Coast Office, Monrovia, CA
The spate of closing refineries and the increasing supply of
light, clean transport fuel- suitable hydrocarbons from new drilling
and fracking regions (20+ in the US alone) has created the need to
quickly and accurately determine what to do with existing and
potential refinery operations. How these new stocks are integrated
into existing but aging capital plants has become a serious financial
concern worldwide. This paper will discuss the traditional methods of
approaching the configuration problem and then show some of the latest
tools and methodologies that can considerably speed up the decision
process from concept to Front End Engineering Design. Emphasis will
be placed on the following:
* Choices of crudes and other feed stocks
* If Tight Oil is used, should it replace or augment existing heavier
* What determines the selection of and design capacity of such
conversion units such as HTU, HCU, FCC and DCU, CRU, ISOM and DHT.
* How these units’ products may be best integrated for maximum
* What other units may be useful or detrimental to the profit goals
* What effect licensor data will have on the final design
* How the client culture determines the ultimate strategy of
operations to design to.
Pete Nick is a registered PE in the state of California.
His 38 year career has spanned the range of process support work with
EPCM companies (Fluor & WorleyParsons - 17+ yrs comb.), to corporate
operations and local advanced control & optimization(Unocal 13 yrs),
IS/IT/Software Dev (Simsci/IBM/Siemens 6+ yrs) Mr. Nick has a BS from
University of Arizona and an ME from Cal Poly Pomona, both in Chemical
Engineering. He has lived in California for 37 of his 38 years, or 32
of his 38 years if you count travel time. He is a founding member of
and past president (1987) of the Orange county section..
Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
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west on Soquel Canyon Road, North on Los Serranos Country Club Drive
that becomes Yorba Ave. The address is: 15656 Yorba Ave, Chino Hills
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