OPTIMIZATION OF THE PETROLEUM PRODUCTSBLENDINGPROCESS IN KADUNA REFINING AND PETROCHEMICALS COMPANY (KRPC)
Publication Date : 01/02/2015
General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS) software was used to optimize the process of petroleum productsblending in KRPC. Optimum values of Regular and Premium blends of fuel were determined using Reformate, Light Straight Run (LSR) Naphtha, N-Butane, Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) gas and Alkylate as feed-stocks. Research Octane Number (RON) was used as a constraint in formulation of the optimization equation. The results show that at the initial stage of optimization, the profit recorded per month when 11,000 barrels of Premium fuel and 9,000 barrels of Regular fuel were blended was thirty nine million five hundred and ninety two thousand, eight hundred and twenty nine naira (N39,592,829.00). However, a much higher profit margin of one hundred and seventeen million, three hundred and fifteen thousand, three hundred and sixty naira (N117,315,360.00) was predicted when 29,500 barrels of Premium fuel and 12,000 barrels of Regular fuel were blended, an astronomical increase of 296%, proving the need for using linear programming in solving productionproblem in KRPC.
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