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NAPCON launches ML-based crude column on-line yield optimisation solution

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

NAPCON, developed by Neste Engineering Solutions, has introduced NAPCON Advisor, a third generation Machine-Learning based solution for crude column on-line yield optimisation.

The NAPCON Advisor is an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) solution for operational excellence in an Industry 4.0 smart refinery to date. It is a digital plant operator assistant that predicts the future behaviour of the crude column process in real time and generates operational proposals using possible scenarios.

NAPCON Advisor helps achieve the plant’s limits by optimising on a case-by-case basis whether it is necessary to reduce CO2 emissions, optimise utilities, or maximise yields.

With this first solution, NAPCON Advisor Column, is able to maximise the yield of the most valuable products in fractional distillation. The NAPCON Advisor Column optimises the intersection points of the crude column and thereby the fractions of different yields to optimise the additional refining and blending process.

At the same time, it keeps the people in the loop to improve situational awareness and readiness to process deviations and recovery.

The NAPCON Advisor Column is an advanced decision-making solution for production personnel. It continuously optimises the intersection points of fractional distillation to maximise the yield of the most valuable fractions.

The NAPCON Advisor Column helps operations increase productivity and yields. In addition, it increases situational awareness by sharing the vision of the process at all levels of the organisation.

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