German refinery invests in optimisation software07 September 2020

Northern Germany’s Heide Refinery has licenced Aspen’s Generic Dynamic Optimisation Technology software.

This is intended to help improve refinery margins with real-time, closed-loop, dynamic optimisation increasing the flexibility of operations. GDOT will maximise against operational constraints across the refinery and help to reduce finished product quality giveaway, improving business results, according to the supplier.

Founded in 2010, the refinery produces traditional petroleum products such as petrol, diesel and aviation fuel. It also produces light heating oil and base materials for the chemicals industry. It is part of the Klesch group, which has an annual processing capacity of 4.5 million tonnes of crude oil.

Juergen Wollschlaeger, Heide Refinery CEO, said: “AspenTech’s GDOT will improve agility in our response to changes in market conditions, such as those we are experiencing right now. It will optimise our production by continuously adjusting targets in the individual controllers within the advanced process control layer so that they align with the economic objectives from planning and scheduling. Ultimately GDOT will optimise profits by minimising finished product quality giveaway and maximising production of the most valuable products.”

William Dalrymple

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