1st Edition

Petroleum Refineries A Troubleshooting Guide

By Dhananjoy Ghosh Copyright 2022
    278 Pages 1 Color & 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    278 Pages 1 Color & 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    In petroleum refineries, although there are sets of standard operating procedures to operate the plants, unique problems often arise, which need to be tackled with engineering knowledge and experience without much loss of energy and time. This process is termed ‘troubleshooting’, and it saves production loss, leading to profitability and sustainability of the refinery operation.

    This book covers the ins and outs of troubleshooting in petroleum refineries, with an analysis of the problems faced, the fundamentals behind them and logical reasoning and illustrations to solve the problems, along with lessons learnt. This is the first such book on the market since the publication of one by Norman P. Lieberman about 30 years ago, and there has been a massive change in technology since then. This book will not only enlighten practicing engineers in refineries and postgraduate students but also facilitate the creation of a knowledge bank on troubleshooting case studies, helping share engineering knowledge and experiences.

    1. Introduction

    2. Traceability of Relevant Troubleshooting Experience

    3. Methodologies in Troubleshooting

    4. Key Issues in Troubleshooting

    5. Troubleshooting Case Studies in Equipment/Facility Operation

    6. Troubleshooting Case Studies in Technologies Operation


    Dhananjoy Ghosh is a chemical engineer and visiting faculty at several universities. He graduated with honours in chemistry and obtained his PhD in Petroleum Technology from Calcutta University, India. He was Chief Manager of Operation and Safety at Indian Oil Corporation, India; Head of Process Unit Commissioning, Operation and Safety at Essar Oil, Jamnagar, India; and Head of Refinery Operation, Safety and Maintenance and Marketing Co-ordination at Numaligarh Refinery, India. Subsequently, Dr. Ghosh was a refinery consultant for IRPC, Thailand, under McKinsey Company, Inc., India; The Energy and Resources Institute, India; Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd., India; and ARCL Organics, Kolkata, India. Currently, he provides training on operation and safety at the Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, India, and in energy sector industries. Dr. Ghosh has published many papers in national and international journals. In 2000, he received the Excellence Award from the National Petroleum Management Programme, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India, for his work on the aromatic extraction process in petroleum refineries.