A Flash Idea

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Spotted a snippet recently about ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Norge AS plans to install a new residual flash tower at the Slagen refinery

This takes me back to the days when I was a process simulation engineer and I worked on a couple of studies looking at ways of debottlenecking and improving flexibility of refineries by adding a pre-flash tower.

This new installation will;

…enable production of high quality vacuum gas oil, a higher-yield feedstock used to create finished products such as diesel. The new residual flash tower is an upgrading unit that will improve the facility’s overall crude distillation process by replacing production of heavy fuel oil with lighter, higher-value gas oil.

Sometimes, when I get bogged down with manpower plans, progress measurement, schedules and other assorted paper pushing activities I remember back to the process simulation days with great fondness.