References / Oil & Gas

Our portfolio: new build projects, refurbishment and process optimization.

Reference technology: The coke slurry system (CCSS).

An example of the innovative strength of TRIPLAN, is the development of the patented Closed Coke Slurry System (CCSS). This technology is the most environmentally friendly process for the handling of petroleum coke to date. 

Background: The mineral oil processing industry constantly has to process heavy crude oil, which increases the amount of heavy waste material. According to US studies, the production of heavy crude in the crude oil market will rise by 50% within the next decade. According to many experts, even the current bull market of light crude production through fracking in the USA, will not change the long-term assessment. At the same time, the market for waste products containing large amounts of sulphur and metals is contracting and due to environmental aspects, these products are now rarely used as fuel (bunker oil regulation).

Conversion processes, offer a solution, as they break down the waste into valuable products and petroleum coke, exactly as in the delayed coking process. Using this process, the products generated, remain in the standard refinery facilities for further processing, while the petroleum coke is removed from the coke drums at regular intervals via hydraulic means and these are then externally treated.  

Feasibility studies have shown, that the capital cost for the closed coke slurry system in conjunction with a newly constructed delayed coker, versus a conventional concrete surface, are at least equal, if not lower.  

At the forefront of this process, for one example, is environmental protection and for another, protecting the health of the operating staff, and not least of all, limiting potential hazards in the workplace.

The first CCSS facility will be put into operation in 2018 at a refinery in Poland/Danzig within the scope of a newly constructed coker facility. 

Reference project: production of high performance lubricants

At their factory site in the industrial area of Mönchengladbach-Rheindahlen, Rhenus Lub was planning the construction of a new high tech facility to produce high performance lubricants for applications as used for example, in the automobile industry.

TRIPLAN was initially tasked with the feasibility study, location study and economic feasibility analysis. The specialists at TRIPLAN in Karlsruhe were then awarded the contract for basic engineering and engineering for official permits, including the application in accordance with the federal emissions control act, known in Germany as the Bundesimmissionsschutzgesetz or ‘Blm SchG’. 

In addition to the detail engineering, the scope of the engineering contract also included the construction supervision and commissioning support. During project execution, the companies’ own plant design tool TRICAD, as well as the engineering and lifecycle-data-management system TRIBACE and also the project management software HEXAPLAN-PM (which was jointly developed with a Swiss pharmaceutical company), had proven themselves yet again.

Due to the optimized process control, comprehensive equipment with the latest in instrumentation inclusive of centralized control technology and accurate filing of all formulas into the system, the new lubricants facility, produces a quality which previously was only possible on a laboratory scale. 

Important: the process can be verified and thus validated. 

The production capacity grew (+40%) and also, due to the reduced number of personnel, the practically reject free production and the efficient use of energy, the production cost decreased (-20%). Last but not least, Rhenus Lub can be a lot more flexible with meeting the requirements of client wishes thanks to the decentralized manufacture utilizing 15 different production lines.