Highlights


Benefits
  • Improve crude feed flexibility by predicting blending effects early
  • Protect refining processes and minimize fouling and corrosion risks
  • Avoid off-spec fuel problems that lead to lost profits and regulatory challenges
Applications
  • Refineries looking to boost profits by accepting new and opportunity crudes
  • Fuel blending operations looking to maintain fuel stability and profitability
Overview

Gain greater confidence in your crude and fuel oil blending operations with LIFESPAN™ blending models from Baker Hughes. Built on decades of analytical expertise and continual development, our blending models provide powerful predictive capabilities on the potential impact of any proposed blend—well before it is introduced to your system.

Whether you’re looking to improve your crude unit’s feed flexibility or maximize the market price of your fuels, our modeling capabilities help you navigate blending risks to reach your goals.

 

Maximize profitability of new crude feeds with the LIFESPAN crude blending model

During crude blending, incompatibilities can arise in the form of asphaltene destabilization. This instability can impact several parts of your refining operation, from sludge deposits in tankage to desalter upsets to increased fouling in preheat exchangers and furnaces. 

Our predictive LIFESPAN crude blending model simulates the impact of asphaltene destabilization on your different units and your refinery’s performance as a whole. Using non-linear modeling algorithms, the blending model helps you quickly assess the stability impact of small changes in the crude blend’s composition. You can estimate the stability of crudes blended in different concentrations, and in combination with a variety of other crudes, in a matter of minutes.

The crude blending model’s built-in optimization tool helps you define your most stable blend composition within a predefined window. With this information, you’ll be able to optimize your blending to increase the operating efficiency of your desalter systems and the crude unit preheat system. And by linking your crude planning with the model, your operations managers and unit engineers will be able to change operational parameters to minimize any anticipated instability challenges with a new blend.

 

Minimize the risks of off-spec oil with the LIFESPAN fuel oil blending model

Off-specification fuel blends can cause major challenges in the form of vessel failure, environmental damage and legal action, and lost profitability. Using linear models to predict the compatibility of blended fuel streams will only increase the impact of these risks by giving you far less accurate predictions.

The LIFESPAN fuel oil blending model is the best option to mitigate these risks and ensure that your fuel blends are on spec. Our models incorporate non-linear predictive modeling to accurately simulate the stability of multiple blend combinations and enable fast, confident selection of the right blend. With this information as your guide, you can then select the right chemical additives to mitigate fuel stability risks and further increase blend stability. And should blend instability issues arise on the fly, application experts from our Prepared 2 Respond™ (P2R™) services work with you to provide targeted additive treatments that quickly resolve specification challenges to get your fuel moving again.

Our crude and fuel blending models have successfully addressed blending stability challenges for a number of refiners, fuel traders, crude types, and modes of operation. 

Contact us today to learn how Baker Hughes LIFESPAN blending models can boost the blending flexibility and operating profitability from your crude and fuel oil blends.



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