In 2003, the BP Texas City site began the search for a strategic solution to meet its air emissions calculations and monitoring needs. The Texas City Refinery is BP’s largest refinery worldwide and the third largest refinery in the US, with an estimated crude capacity of about 460,000 barrels per day. The adjacent BP Chemicals Facility manufactures a variety of key chemicals which are used as building blocks by other sites within BP’s chemicals stream.
Rather than deploy several costly tactical solutions for multiple new incoming air emissions regulations, BP Texas City decided to invest the time and resources up front to use Mustang/Ellipsys E!CEMS suite of software. The key elements of E!CEMS which made it the preferred solution included the ability to take raw process data and perform air emissions calculations in near real-time per applicable regulatory guidelines, the functionality to provide subsequent event detection and notifications based on the calculation results, and finally the ad hoc and automated reporting capabilities.
(Courtesy of Engineering World, a magazine published by Engineers Media)