As part of the Industry Engagement Programme, Dr Francesco Coletti held intense discussions with process engineering and operations experts on a three-day visit to the Lukoil Neftochim Burgas refinery, between the 28th and 30th April 2014.
Finding common ground
The site visit, a follow-up to discussions at earlier UNIHEAT events, aimed at identifying potential joint projects and applications. Dr Coletti was invited to deliver a presentation on crude oil fouling and UNIHEAT technologies to the refinery’s experts. The refinery chief process engineer then introduced their issues and priorities. Specific UNIHEAT technologies were discussed with key personnel, particularly in the areas of low level heat recovery and energy integration strategies, characterization of oils and deposits and technologies for heavy oil upgrade and refinery waste utilization.
Common areas of interest for UNIHEAT and Lukoil Neftochim Burgas were identified and confidential discussions are ongoing.