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Reformer Optimization and Ethanol Uplift Considerations

The need for reformers to support low octane pools has diminished ever since the EPA introduced the requirement of ethanol in gasoline. The greater ethanol content has increased the octane pool dramatically, as ethanol typically has an octane number of ~110. This has caused refineries to re-evaluate the need to run their reformers at maximum… read more →

An Expensive Barrel of Water

Extracting sediment and water (S&W) from crude and deducting the percentage of S&W from the total crude purchase is a normal procedure at most refineries. Having the refinery’s laboratory test for S&W is also a common practice at most refineries. What is not common is having the right procedures, tools, and behaviors to eliminate any… read more →

The Case for Customer Diversification for Canadian Crude

It is widely known that Canada has an almost exclusive partnership with the United States in terms of crude sales.  But what does this mean exactly for Canada in their negotiating power for crude pricing?  Not much. Historically, Canada has priced their bitumen against West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices due to necessity and customer standards. … read more →

The Cost of Oil & Gas Measurement Inaccuracy

If you were to ask the C-suite executives of any major oil & gas corporation what the implications are of measurement inaccuracy throughout the value chain, you are likely to hear some variation on the risk to the P&L. While any oil & gas executive worth his or her salt will keep a keen eye… read more →

Can 3D Printers Drive Medical Development?

With the advent of the 3D printer, we have seen a little bit of science fiction enter into our homes.  But there has been few areas that have benefited quite like prototyping, particularly in the medical field with a two-fold benefit. Medical device research and development is without a doubt the highest capital expense when… read more →

Importance of Setting SMART KPIs

Organizations succeed or fail based on their capability to set, track, and enforce key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs are widely considered as measures by which businesses evaluate whether their actual performance is in line with their strategic business goals. However, if an organization’s KPIs can’t be easily tracked, quantified, and tied to an organization’s bottom… read more →

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