Optimizing the Economics of Refineries and Olefins Plants

Optimizing the Economics of Refineries and Olefins Plants

September 07, 2018

The Aspen PIMS™ family is growing by leaps and bounds and is now used by over 400 refineries, olefins plants and engineering companies worldwide. The number of sites using Aspen PIMS-AO™ is, in fact, growing at a staggering rate, and adoption is catching on like wildfire.


Here are a few other statistics you might find interesting:


  • An astounding 72 percent of the world’s refined barrels are optimized using the Aspen PIMS family of solutions, and 46 percent of those use Aspen PIMS-AO. So many refineries already trust Aspen PIMS, and so many more are adopting Aspen PIMS-AO to run their assets to the limits of performance.

  • There’s a great community around the Aspen PIMS family, and AspenTech hosted over 200 members of this group at the Planning and Scheduling breakout for the OPTIMIZE 2017 global user conference — the largest gathering ever.  This community is very friendly and eager to help each other with best practices, support and knowledge –a ! 

  • There’s also a track record of exceptional service, as 50 percent of Aspen PIMS and Aspen PIMS-AO clients have used the solutions for more than 15 years.


Aspen PIMS Gets the Job Done


With so many refineries and olefins plants adopting Aspen PIMS-AO steadily year after year, the numbers speak for themselves. Aspen PIMS has been (and now Aspen PIMS-AO is) the preferred tool for supply chain planning and optimization. 


As for ease of use, new planners usually do not have any formal training in refinery economics. Thus, Aspen PIMS classroom and online training is important to make sure your new planners know what they are doing. People sometimes compare learning Aspen PIMS to learning a process simulator like Aspen HYSYS®, but a process engineer learns many of the skills needed to use a simulator at university — material balance, separations and the like.