Webinar: Reducing carbon intensity and increasing profits in refineries with welded plate heat exchangers

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Time stamp  Min:Seconds Topic
00:00-2:20 Introduction
02:20 - 15:00 Carbon Intensity definition, background & trends
15:00 - 19:45 Introduction to Carbon Intensity reducer tool - Compabloc heat exchanger
19:45 - 24:30 Case Story 1: Carbon Intensity & Capex reduction in Naphtha Hydrotreter at a Gulf Coast Refinery
24:30 - 29:03 Case Story 2: Reducing Compressor Capex & operating cost in Sulphuric acid Alkylation Refrigeration Condenser
29:03 - 35:00 Case Story 3: Reducing Energy Intensity Index & increasing capacity in Crude Distillation Unit at Hyundai Oil Bank, S.Korea
35:10 - 42:30 Case Story 4: Reducing CI in a Renewable Diesel Unit
42:30 - 58:00  Q&A




Reducing carbon intensity and increasing profitability with welded heat exchangers

Sustainability is a buzz word within the refinery industry that is creating a high level of interest. We are seeing oil refinery companies all over the world, which are traditionally seen as major carbon contributors, setting ambitious goals to become carbon neutral in the not-so-distant future. The renewable diesel market is an example of where the refining industry is incentivized to reduce their carbon intensity beyond what a traditional OPEX payback analysis would justify. As with any strategy, goals must be broken down into plans that can be actionable at the operational level. A new way of thinking of process design utilizing the latest efficient heat exchanger technology, not technology that is over 100 years old, is required if they want to be able to reach these targets. For those that have embraced welded plate technology , they have learned a valuable lesson: 

Not only can you reduce carbon intensity by using a more energy efficient heat exchanger, you will increase your profitability.

What you’ll learn:

  • Alfa Laval’s perspective on the market reaction in the oil refinery industry with Carbon Intensity Reduction.
  • Proper application of Welded Plate Technology that reduces carbon intensity and achieves higher levels of profitability
  • Case stories to demonstrate how customers can take advantage of this benefit.

About the speakers


Mike Buettner

Mike Buettner is a Refinery Welded Plate Technologist and works with US refineries to implement heat exchanger technology. Mike has worked in the refinery industry for over 25 years, both in the United States and Asia, in various roles within EPC’s, refineries, and technology solution providers. Mike has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

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Sumit Chintawar

Sumit Chintawar is a Refinery Welded Plate Heat Exchanger Technologist, where he works with US refineries to implement welded plate heat exchanger technology for process reliability and sustainability improvements also reducing utilities and project capex. Sumit has worked in the refinery industry for ten years in the Middle East, India and now in the US. Sumit has a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from Nagpur University, India and a Master’s in Business Administration from ICFAI Business School Hyderabad, India.

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