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How to Improve Resource Efficiency in Petrochemistry

| Editor: Anke Geipel-Kern

Ineos Cologne is a integrated site of the petrochemical company.
Ineos Cologne is a integrated site of the petrochemical company. (Source: Ineos, Oliver Brenneisen)

More from less — that was the slogan of the More project, whose goal was the definition of real-time indicators for more resource efficiency in the process. But how to monitor the complex production processes of a cracker? The two consortium participants Ineos and S-Pact developed a ready-to-use feed stream analyser based on Raman Spectroscopy. A real success story paid off in cash.

The Petrochemical Industry is not the common suspect for being extremely innovative and environmentally friendly. No surprise, since the public perception is still that of a smoky, polluting, and archaic type of industry, turning over large quantities of non-appealing blackish stuff.

Energy Cost as a Key Factor

But obviously, this is not quite the truth. In modern times of resource shortness, high prices for energy, and a public interest in clean and green processing, optimising resource efficiency is an intrinsic interest for all major players in the field. In particular, the very first links in the value chain like crude distillation, steam cracking, or steam reforming are large consumers of energy, with economic success strongly depending on efficient use of resources.

“Energy cost is one of the key factors for our site operation, so we are forced to reduce every bit of energy and to run our processes as close to their efficiency optimum as possible”, stresses Stefan Krämer, former Site Energy Manager at Ineos in Cologne, one of the main suppliers of feedstocks and base chemicals for Chemical Industry in the Rhein-Ruhr area in Germany.

Accordingly, Ineos is participating and contributing to many innovation activities in the field, including Advanced Process Control, Real-Time Optimisation or Site Logistics.

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