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A Steam Utility Network Model for the Evaluation of Heat Integration Retrofits – A Case Study of an Oil Refinery

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2017, pp 560-578
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d5.0167
Sofie Marton, Elin Svensson , Riccardo Subiaco, Fredrik Bengtsson, Simon Harvey
Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Maskingränd 2, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden


This paper presents a real industrial example in which the steam utility network of a refinery is modelled in order to evaluate potential Heat Integration retrofits proposed for the site. A refinery, typically, has flexibility to optimize the operating strategy for the steam system depending on the operation of the main processes. This paper presents a few examples of Heat Integration retrofit measures from a case study of a large oil refinery. In order to evaluate expected changes in fuel and electricity imports to the refinery after implementation of the proposed retrofits, a steam system model has been developed. The steam system model has been tested and validated with steady state data from three different operating scenarios and can be used to evaluate how changes to steam balances at different pressure levels would affect overall steam balances, generation of shaft power in turbines, and the consumption of fuel gas.

Keywords: Heat integration, Steam network, Energy cost savings, Oil refinery, Pinch analysis.

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