GE Introduces New Digital Technology for On-Site Testing of Crude Oil at Refineries

Mar 14, 2016
  • GE’s New CrudePLUS* Includes Predictive Analytics Software and Laboratory Equipment to Test Oil Prior to Start of Refining Process
  • New Digital Solution Reduces Analyzing Time
  • Data Can Lead to Less Fouling, Increased Energy Efficiency and Improved Blending and Operations at Refineries

SAN FRANCISCO-March 14, 2016-GE (NYSE: GE) today introduced new predictive analytics software and laboratory equipment for the on-site testing of crude oil to determine how the oil might affect a refinery before processing even begins. GE’s CrudePLUS* significantly reduces the analysis time of crude oil and can lead to streamlined operations, less fouling and increased energy efficiency. Today’s announcement was made at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) 2016 Annual Meeting, which is being held March 14-15, 2016, in San Francisco.

GE’s new digital solution is a fast and comprehensive method to test crude oil and blends of various oil sources at the refinery, using predictive analytics to improve operation and reduce carbon dioxide emissions and costs. Data captured with CrudePLUS can lead to improved blending and desalter operations that result in reduced oil to the refinery’s wastewater treatment plant, which can reduce upsets and lower potential environmental impact.

“Through GE’s digital industrial revolution, we have the equipment, analytics and operating systems to bring powerful data to our customers. As the variability of crude oil increases and refineries adopt more aggressive blending strategies, there is tremendous value in rapid data and predictive analytics. Our new CrudePLUS system is the only technology that can test oil on-site with the quickest and most varied data available today,” said Amy Ericson, global leader, chemical and monitoring solutions-water and process technologies for GE Power.

Using CrudePLUS to analyze oils and blends can improve margins by mitigating processing issues while increasing discounted crude intake, expand a refiner’s operating envelope to process more at a lower cost, minimize heat transfer loss and maximize throughput in preheat trains and furnaces and reduce maintenance expense by implementing an effective fouling mitigation strategy.

Today at the AFPM 2016 Annual Meeting, GE also announced the introduction of TrueSense* for Process-Crude Overhead Monitoring System (COMS) and LoSALT* Online and Onsite Amine Speciation.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

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