In petroleum refineries, although there are sets of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to operate the plants, often, unique problems 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. The 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.
Table of Contents
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 graduated with honors in chemistry and obtained his PhD in petroleum technology from Calcutta University, India. He was chief manager of operation and safety in Indian Oil Corporation, India; head of process unit commissioning, operation and safety in Essar Oil, Jamnagar, India; and head of refinery operation, safety and maintenance and marketing co-ordination in Numaligarh Refinery, India. Subsequently, he acted as a refinery consultant for IRPC, Thailand; Mckinsey Company, Inc., India; TERI, India; Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd., India; and ARCL Organics, Kolkata, India. Currently, he is visiting faculty in various universities and provides training on operation and safety to the Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, India, and energy sector industries. Dr. Ghosh has published many papers in national and international journals. In 2000, he received the Excellence Award from NPMP, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, India, for his work on the aromatic extraction process in petroleum refineries.