Quite sometime back, in one of my previous organizations there was some talk into diversifying into the business of providing engineering services for petroleum refining industry. We were all very excited about it and all of the process engineers were asked to take up some background study related to a specific topic in petroleum refining.
Since the various complex processing units in a petroleum refinery are more technology driven based on a technology licensors knowhow and not considered an open art, I consciously chose to do some study on raw material, intermediate material and finished products storage philosophy in a refinery. In, short tankages for the raw materials, intermediate materials, and finished products.
To summarize this study, I prepared an excel workbook after going through available literature and books. Most of what I summarized was from the excellent information provided in the book "Refining Processes Handbook" by Surinder Parkash. Well to be very frank, I didn't have too many book resources available with me in my company's library to do a comprehensive study. I had to make do with what I could lay my hands on.
That the plan to diversify into engineering services for the petroleum refining industry never did materialize and thus the interest fizzled out due to more pressing engagements in the uptream oil and gas industry, is a different story altogether.
Nevertheless, today's blog entry shares the excel workbook for the benefit of the members of "Cheresources".
Although comments are welcome, let me point out that this was a one-off study done quite some time back and subsequent to that I have not been engaged in this area and I beg to be excused for any half-baked or incorrect response to any query raised.
Download the MS Excel spreadsheet here: