3 Ways to Adopt Sustainable Petrochemical Refining Operations

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February 23, 2021 | Javier Cantu

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Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is developing at rapid pace and is gradually starting to transform the petrochemical industryWith machinery becoming increasingly advanced, the industry can benefit greatly from the use of sophisticated AI technology in terms of both operational performance and cost reduction. The following are 3 ways you can use AI to increase the adoption of sustainable operations for operational efficiency and reduced costs.  

1. Optimize Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes to Increase Water Reuse and obtain minimum liquid discharge

AI enables sustainable operations by optimizing traditional and membrane driven water treatment systems. Additionally, it enables the increased reuse of water in
wastewater treatment processes by allowing operators to recirculate process water to minimize water intake, tailing storage, and effluent discharge volumes.

2. Reduce GHG emissions and energy intensity requirements  

AI-enabled intelligent control can optimize flaring and gas scrubbing to reduce direct emissions. it can also optimize cracking, distillation, HyCO and ASU systems to reduce energy intensity to help in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions management.

3. Leverage AI to Help Ensure Compliance While Reducing Costs  

By providing the ability to access and share data about your operations in real-time, AI allows operators to reach new levels of efficiency and accuracy.  By sharing your data in real-time for constantly changing conditions, you can improve communication between everyone to allow them to adapt SOPs to changing conditions.  

In addition to the above, AI ensures that operational and regulatory compliance limits are met. It does this by tracking key permitted parameters and the disturbance variables that impact them. Through machine learning technologies and advanced data analytics tools, the system can forecast future outputs and provide recommendations on how to improve system performance.

In other words, AI helps to maintain operational constraints and ensures that your system stays within the compliance limits, allowing you to avoid the hefty costs of non-compliance. 


At Innovyze, we can help to minimize operational expenditure while ensuring compliance with applicable standards by allowing you to leverage millions of datapoints to ensure efficient and consistent operation of the system. We can enhance the efficiency of your petrochemical refinery through AI-enabled technologies that not only facilitate sustainable practices but also enhance performance to ensure quality operations. Get in touch with us today to know more about how we can help you.  

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Tags: petrochemical, sustainability, AI, ML, data science

About the Authors

Javier Cantu

Javier Cantu

Director of AI and Process Optimization


Javier is process optimization engineer at Innovyze and is responsible for client service and engineering solutions for industrial applications. He has 10+ years’ experience in the water and wastewater industry designing, managing, and creating optimization strategies and is currently based out of Los Angeles region.