Webinar: Valero Reduces Giveaway with Optimised Blending

Learn about the project conception, scope, and justification; the technology employed in this effort; and the practical aspects and challenges from a planning and operations perspective.

Oil and Gas

Valero St. Charles Refinery has made a significant investment to convert a rundown/batch sequential gasoline blending process to a continuous, in-line operation. Their greatest challenge was to meet quality specifications while minimizing giveaway costs, because no matter how much optimization is done throughout the refinery, it can be lost as specification giveaway at the pump. Reducing RVP giveaway by 0.1 psi and octane giveaway by 0.1 ON across the enterprise would increase gross margin by tens of millions of dollars/year. In this effort, they implemented Valero’s Gasoline Blending Optimization Package (VGBOP) with AVEVA’s optimization and analytical technology. The webinar will discuss the project conception, scope, and justification; the technology employed in this effort; and the practical aspects and challenges from a planning and operations perspective.

When: Thursday, February 07, 2019

Time:  10 am CST

Duration: 1 Hour

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Speaker

Dave Seiver

Director of APC Technology, Valero Energy Corporation

David S. Seiver, P.E. is the Director of APC Technology for the Valero Energy Corporation, managing the roll-out of their blend optimization program at their refineries. Dave has over 25 years experience in the Petrochemical & Industrial Gas industries. Prior to coming to Valero, he specialized in gasoline and diesel blend optimization for ConocoPhillips at their Wood River Refinery as well as providing technical blending assistance to other sites. Dave has extensive expertise in APC, blend optimization, NIR modeling, and has two U.S. patents in the APC field and one U.S. patent for gasoline blend optimization.

Speaker

Eric Gildea

Managing Consultant, Offsites Solutions, AVEVA

Eric Gildea is a Managing Consultant for Offsites Solutions with AVEVA (formerly, Schneider-Electric). His primary focus is on applying online, multi-blend optimization and SQC performance monitoring technologies to maximize the profitability of blending operations. He has over 30 years of experience with Bailey Controls/ABB and Foxboro/Invensys/Schneider Electric in the development, implementation, and support of automation, advanced control, optimization, and simulation systems across many industries, having maintained a strong focus on refinery product blending operations for most of his career. He has worked with over 50 refining and terminal sites on offsites scoping/benefits studies, system implementations, and performance monitoring, and has reviewed operations at dozens of others. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Systems & Control Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

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