KBC unveils new digital twin technology to minimise process engineering waste

Published: 21 June 2020 - 2 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
KBC (A Yokogawa Company) announced the release of Petro-SIM 7.1 digital twin technology. This release extends Petro-SIM’s scope of application, improves usability and expands its digital capabilities as an end-to-end integrated asset model for production management, asset performance management, and supply chain optimisation.

The oil and gas, and chemical industries spend almost $1bn annually on process simulation and optimisation software. However, much of this money is wasted on models which are abandoned, inaccurate, replicated in other parts of the organisation, or not transferred from one project phase to the next. These issues are pervasive across engineering, as well as operations phases of projects.

Petro-SIM helps solve this problem through the concept of ‘One Model, Many Uses’, with application across design, debottlenecking, operations, maintenance, and supply chain optimisation activities. It enables transfer of information from the engineering design phase of projects into usable data-driven insights for daily operations. This allows project developers and operators across a variety of sectors to enhance the value and extend the life of their simulation models: (i)Upstream production systems, linked to the reservoir model, including wells, chokes, flowlines and all processing and power generation equipment, with common thermodynamics, fluid characterisation and electrolytic chemistry throughout. (ii) LNG liquefaction process and utilities systems, including wells, chokes and pipelines through gathering systems, separation, acid gas removal and dehydration (pretreatment systems), main cryogenic heat exchanger(s) and storage facilities. (iii) Oil refining and petrochemical site-wide process and utilities systems, including crude compatibility through distillation, upgrading reactors and catalytic convertors, hydrotreating and cracking, blending facilities, olefins and aromatics. (iv) Ammonia site-wide process and utilities systems, including desulphurisation, reforming, synthesis and separation, with consistent thermodynamics and electrolytic chemistry throughout.

Models built using Petro-SIM in any of these industries can be used to validate licensor designs and be kept up-to-date by design, or operations engineers, or be automatically updated when linked with an asset’s real time plant information management system,” commented Russell Byfield, KBC global simulation business leader. “Once operationalised with real-time production data, the simulation models become powerful digital twins delivering real-time insight for enhanced safety, reliability and profitability. Through this, our vision of ‘One Model, Many Uses’ is truly realised.”

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