Adaptive process control solution improves asset optimisation

09 January 2017

ENI S.p.A, a multinational oil and gas company has utilised multivariable model predictive control and optimization technology to help improve performance across multiple sites. 

ENI implemented Aspen DMC3 with Adaptive Process Control technology in its Sannazzaro Refinery, to gain the benefits of advanced process control (APC)  while reducing deployment and lifecycle maintenance costs. 

When ENI introduced a significant new piece of equipment, the ENI EST slurry unit, which impacted all refinery operations, Aspen DMC3 helped to quickly bring all APC applications back to peak performance, with limited resources. ENI was able to expand its APC footprint to secondary units to maximise benefits at all refineries.
Adaptive Process Control allows for background testing without disturbing operations. As a result, highly accurate models are said to be easier to maintain as plants change over time, helping meet operational targets, eliminate complex and costly controller revamp projects as well as reducing new projects cost.
Commenting on the solution, Claudio Albanese, vice president technology, ENI, said: “ENI strives for sustainability across all the company’s initiatives, and applies technology to optimise our plants, maximize ROI and increase competitive advantage. Aspen DMC3 has proven to be a highly profitable investment with payback achieved in months, offering us a process optimisation tool that allows for sustained benefits by adapting to changing processes, market conditions and economic objectives.”

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