An oil refinery is an industrial location that converts crude oil, or an unrefined substance, into a more valuable superior product. Crude consists of mainly hydrogen and carbon; it is the reorganization of these hydrocarbons which converts crude into finished petroleum products.
A refinery can have many different configurations. Whatever the configuration, the objective is to separate the hydrocarbons at different temperatures / boiling points to achieve specific refined gases and liquids.
Refineries consist of many different processes such as distillation units, fractioning towers, alkylation units, catalytic crackers, reformers and coking units.
Each of the operating units inside a refinery requires similar products. Steel pipe, typically seamless A106 Grade B, is specified to handle the high pressures along with matching forged or cast steel valves. For even higher temperature / pressure combinations, a chrome alloy pipe such as A335P11 might be specified. Miles of piping may be required to move the oil and its refined products through the processing units and out of the refinery.
Beyond the steel pipe, all piping systems will require steel flanges and fittings, steel valves (forged and cast), stud bolts and spiral wound gaskets required to connect them all together. Along with these piping systems, a whole host of instruments, pipe hangers, and other piping accessories are required. The electrical power generation required to operate the refinery can be as much as a small city, and often surpasses that which is required for the rest of the surrounding community. The steam system alone, with its heat exchangers, steam traps, condensate lines and pipe insulation can require significant investment. All of these systems working together are required to keep the crude flowing into the tanks and the end products flowing out of the refinery to their customers.
Traeger Brothers has proven to be a perfect match for their refining customers. The manufacturers that Traeger Brothers represent provide the highest quality products, while Traeger’s technical sales staff provide the fast service and competitive pricing that their customer’s require.
As technology advances and production and demands increase, refineries are paying closer attention to their effect on the environment. The US Environmental Protection Agency now requires a Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) Program to track piping component fugitive emissions. The current maximum fugitive emissions rate is 500 ppm of toxic gas from equipment. California requires 100 ppm maximum emissions level for their northern region. Traeger Brothers is able to supply material to meet these stringent requirements. One such manufacturer is KITZ valves. KITZ standard valves are low emissions valves and are designed, tested and certified to exceed the 100 ppm maximum emission level. KITZ valves are certified to be less than 50 ppm and their standard ball valves are certified to be less than 20 ppm.
Turnarounds and shutdowns are other methods that help improve the efficiency at a refinery. Turnarounds and shutdowns require refineries to plan and evaluate which material will need to be procured. Some material will be procured ahead of time while some products may be overlooked. Whether materials are needed on a standard delivery basis or an overnight solution Traeger Brothers has the experience to meet your demands.
Complex systems such as refineries require constant attention to keep them running most efficiently. Worrying about the timely supply of competitively priced high quality parts is at best a distraction and at worst, a disaster for refinery management. This is why Traeger Brothers has been partnered with a particular international refinery to manage their MRO warehouse. Through Traeger Brothers’ Integrated Supply Management of this refinery’s commonly used items, their shortages and emergencies have been reduced by nearly 100%. Traeger’s Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) insures that the correct valves and fittings are always available for the refinery maintenance staff, in agreed-upon quantities and at pre-negotiated contract pricing.
This Vendor Managed Inventory partnership allows the refinery’s purchasing staff to focus on proper planning, process improvement and efficiency while leaving the details of the day to day supply of maintenance products to their trusted partner. Time spent in repetitive bidding for the most basic products is eliminated; this busy work is replaced by an increased human resource that can be applied to higher levels of capital product purchases, project supply scheduling and planning. Proper refinery management is critical to insure profitability in times of fluctuating crude oil prices; managing costs and employee productivity can make the difference between a refinery that is making money and one that is shut down. Just one day of lost revenues can cost a refinery hundreds of thousands of dollars, a revenue stream that can never be recaptured for the hours or days that it was lost. In circumstances such as these, the true cost of a critical product is shown – faulty specifications, low product quality, poor service and even late delivery can all cost a refiner thousands of times over the apparent savings on the line item of the invoice. Truly, this battle for a refinery’s financial success can be lost over the cost of a nail.
In a refinery, high level process components must be effectively specified and supplied without fail; the costs of failure are unacceptable in time, money and even, potential loss of human life. Companies who trust the procurement process to Traeger Brothers can count on expert advice, industry leading technology, the highest product quality, quick and efficient service, on-time delivery and competitive pricing. Leveraging these assets with existing refining staff and know-how insures that the Traeger refinery customer receives the full value of the Traeger Advantage.