The petroleum refining industry uses a wide range of processes. From separation, petroleum conversion, petroleum treatment to waste water management.

Each of these processes has its own challenges and all are made more complex by the variety of products and contaminants in the process.  With Advanced Sensors Deep UV Fluorescence technology (found in the EX and SA 500 Models) lighter and more refined oils can be measured more accurately than LIF Laser Induced Fluorescence or competitors Deep UV fluorescence products (due to the excitation wavelength and LED back monitoring in the Advanced Sensors Technology). Advanced Sensors water cut analysers can measure water content in oil to high levels of accuracy important for Desalter applications.

Cooling Water

Cooling water is used extensively in the refinery industry, transferring waste heat to the atmosphere. Contaminants enter the cooling water system from leaking heat exchangers and condensers. Control of cooling water emissions is accomplished by reducing contamination of cooling water through the proper maintenance of heat exchangers and condensers.

The EX and SA 500 analysers from Advanced Sensors are ideally placed to give early identification of leaks in the cooling water.  The ability to accurately detect low concentrations of refined hydrocarbons ensures that leaks can be managed before they become harmful.

Waste Water Treatment

As part of the refining process a significant volume of waste water is generated.  This water effluent must be treated before it can be discharged.  Given the wide variety of refinery pollutants, including oils, chemicals and dissolved solids, it is important the appropriate water treatment process is applied at each stage.

EX-500 is again an excellent choice to monitor discharge levels of light refined oils and insure that plant stays within environmental limits.

With its Microscopy EX-1000M analyser, Advanced Sensors can detect not only the concentrations of oil (in ppm), but provide the spectra of the water composition – allowing for detection of various chemicals in addition to different oils.