Pinch Analysis in Optimising Energy Consumption on a Naphtha Hydrotreating Unit in a RefineryJournal: Petroleum & Petrochemical Engineering Journal (Vol.1, No. 5)
Publication Date: 2017-10-09
Authors : Paiko II Azeez OS Makwashi N; Zhao D;
Page : 1-11
Keywords : Pinch analysis; Heat exchanger network; Naphtha Hydrotreating Unit (NHU); Aspen Pinch;
Energy consumption plays a significant role in process profitability. This is particularly important for energy intensive business such as petrochemical industries, cement factories, oil refineries and other plants that involve thermos-chemical processes. One of the efficient ways to reduce energy consumption is through energy integration, especially for the process where numerous heat sources and sinks exist. Pinch analysis is one of globally recognized and well-proven methods in identifying the most economical ways of maximizing heat recovery and minimising the demand for external utilities (e.g., steam and cooling water). This paper discusses the application of pinch analysis in optimising energy consumption of a heat exchanger network based on a Naphtha Hydrotreating Unit (NHU) in a refinery based in Nigeria. Realistic process streams data were used as input in the NHU simulation using Aspen Plus to extract necessary thermodynamic data. Using Aspen Pinch, the Heat Exchanger Network (HEN) for the NHU plant was designed, followed by strict application of pinch analysis and its principle to the process plant.
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