ENI uses Aspen DMC3 in refining operations

ENI uses Aspen DMC3 in refining operations
ENI deployed Aspen DMC3 software throughout downstream refining operations with minimal engineering time and effort. (Image for illustration only. Courtesy: ENI)
Published: 8 January 2017 - 7:59 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

According to an announcement made recently by Aspen Technology, ENI has successfully leveraged Aspen DMC3 technology to achieve superior performance across multiple sites with adaptive process control.

Achieving millions of dollars per year in advanced process control (APC) benefits, while reducing deployment and lifecycle maintenance costs, ENI implemented Aspen DMC3 with adaptive process control technology in its Sannazzaro refinery. At the Sannazzaro site, when ENI introduced an important piece of equipment, the ENI EST Slurry Unit, impacting all refinery operations, Aspen DMC3 quickly brought back all APC applications to peak performance, with limited resources. To maximise benefits at all refineries, ENI was able to expand its APC footprint to secondary units.

Compared to the traditional APC technology, adaptive process control allows for background testing without disturbing the operations. Highly accurate models, as a result, are easier to maintain as plants change over time, helping companies meet operational targets, eliminate complex and costly controller revamp projects as well as reduce new projects cost and increase benefits.

Major oil and gas companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, Valero and ENI use AspenTech’s APC technology. Customers can significantly increase capacity, reduce energy costs, improve yields, maintain tight control and reduce quality variance with aspenONE advanced process control solutions.

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