Hydrocarbon Processing Issue 04 | Page 4

Gulf States SHIFTING TRENDS IN THE GCC PETROCHEMICALS INDUSTRY FAST-RESPONSE LASER O 2 MEASUREMENTS The petrochemicals industry in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region contributes significantly towards regional industrial and manufacturing growth. THE ACCURATE MEASUREMENT OF PROCESS OXYGEN (O 2 ) IS KEY TO MANY HP PROCESSES. SERVOMEX OFFERS A STABLE, RAPID, LASER-BASED SOLUTION. Until recently, ethane feedstock subsidies by GCC governments gave companies in the region a competitive edge. While oil prices were high, ethane was cheaper than the naphtha used predominantly elsewhere, and the subsidies kept prices constant. The SERVOTOUGH Laser 3 Plus Process is a compact Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) analyzer specifically optimized for fast- response measurement of process O 2 . However, following the 2014-15 slump in oil prices, and the resulting decline in the cost of feedstock naphtha, the GCC region faced increased competition from leading firms in the US and Europe. Designed for in-situ, cross-stack measurements, it uses the latest Wavelength Modulated Spectroscopy measurement techniques and unique Servomex signal processing to monitor O 2 in multiple gas backgrounds. Despite this, GCC nations have started to invest in the development of large-scale integrated plants domestically and abroad, in order to diversify their product offering and compete globally. To meet these changing market demands, petrochemical companies in the region are switching focus towards high value products. DOMESTIC DEVELOPMENTS Most GCC petrochemical companies are wholly or partly state-owned. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is one of the major producers of petrochemicals globally. Others include Kuwait's Petrochemicals Industries Company (KIPIC), the Qatar Petrochemical Company and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in the UAE. SOLUTIONS Saudi Arabia is the major producer of petrochemicals in the region. Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture between SABIC and the US’s Dow Chemical, is bringing high-value products such as isocyanates and polyols to the market for the first time in Saudi Arabia. Easy to install, configure and calibrate by just one person, the Laser 3 Plus uses a mounting assembly for multi-directional A COMPACT SOLUTION adjustment, ensuring precision alignment from the outset. When combined with the quick-release mechanism, it is easy to achieve fast, accurate reinstallation after maintenance, without the need for realignment. The Laser 3 Plus uses line lock cuvette technology to ensure gas measurements that are reliable to SIL 2 levels, a clear advantage to safety systems. Thanks to a cuvette filled with the target gas, the secondary detector always has a known target gas to sense. This enables The stability and reliability of this system provides measurement confidence in applications where incorrect measurements may affect safety or lead to heavy fines for non-compliance. APPLICATIONS INCLUDE: Oxidation control Inerting Safety monitoring Process control Flare gas monitoring Combustion control (<500 o C) Coal to chemical ADNOC is creating the world's largest integrated refining and chemicals site in Ruwais (UAE), expecting to triple the current output of petrochemicals products annually by 2025. GCC petrochemicals companies are also looking at investment opportunities in other markets, especially in China and India. OPTIMIZED FOR • ADNOC, as part of its 2030 growth strategy, is planning to make investments abroad in downstream industries such as fertilizers and petrochemicals through joint ventures. • In April 2018 Saudi Aramco signed a deal to invest in a refinery and petrochemicals complex, that it will develop with three Indian companies in the Indian state of Maharashtra. P04 The line lock system requires no maintenance and has built-in diagnostics that monitor the concentration within the cuvette. The Laser 3 Plus offers high performance in a design smaller than many traditional TDL analyzers. The KIPIC complex includes three mega- projects: the Al Zour oil refinery, a liquefied natural gas import facility, and a petrochemicals complex. OFFSHORE INVESTMENTS • In 2017 SABIC signed a co-operative agreement with China's Sinopec to explore joint-venture petrochemicals projects in both countries. the main detector to remain “locked” in position, giving an accurate measurement of the gas, even if that measurement is zero. COMBUSTION CONTROL GCC member states PROCESS CONTROL See how the Laser 3 Plus Process supports O 2 analysis at the flare stack: page 11 Watch the video: servomex.expert/video-l3plus P05