Refining and conversion

Technology is playing a key role in enabling BP's refineries to process hundreds of crude oil blends a year from different sources around the world

BP's refineries are becoming increasingly sophisticated and flexible so that they can produce clean, energy efficient fuels from a wide variety of hydrocarbon resources.

To ensure that we can process a wide variety of crudes, depending on availability and commercial attractiveness, we have put substantial resources into the study of key aspects required to process crudes safely, reliably and with good economic performance. In particular, a key to success in this area is in determining the detailed composition of feedstocks and their blending potential. Equally important is the knowledge of the different impurities present that can cause processing issues. We have developed strategies required to eliminate or reduce the impact resulting from these unwanted feed components.

Turning refining complexity into competitive advantage

At BP, we are using technology to predict how crude oils impact individual refineries, along with new methods of monitoring our refining infrastructure for corrosion, asphaltenic fouling, and process upsets, so that we can safely optimize our operations.

Our expertise in advanced analytical techniques such as chromatography, advanced mass spectrometry, and optical spectroscopy, coupled with fundamental mechanistic understanding allow better understanding of feedstocks at a molecular level. This enables us to assess their potential impact on processing, infrastructure impacts, and product quality, as well as providing an overview of the varying composition of crude oil sources over time, including geochemical history.
Being able to monitor changes in real time – even down to small changes in pipe wall thickness – allows us to make well-informed decisions to maximise value, and is key to running a safe, reliable and efficient refining business.
Bruce Cook, technology development manager – refining and logistics technology

Heavy-oil upgrading

At BP, we are using technology to predict how crude oils impact individual refineries, along with new methods of monitoring our refining infrastructure for corrosion, asphaltenic fouling, and process upsets, so that we can safely optimize our operations.

Our expertise in advanced analytical techniques such as chromatography, advanced mass spectrometry, and optical spectroscopy, coupled with fundamental mechanistic understanding allow better understanding of feedstocks at a molecular level. This enables us to assess their potential impact on processing, infrastructure impacts, and product quality, as well as providing an overview of the varying composition of crude oil sources over time, including geochemical history.

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