The collaboration between TAKREER and M/s Idemitsu Kosan Co. (IKC) Japan, has continued to shape up TAKREER Research Centre (TRC) objectives aimed to technically support our refineries i.e. resolve operational problems and as well as to pursue Research & Development activities related to Refining Business.
TAKREER views this centre to be an imperative and an integral function to its core business to tackle and resolve many of the technical challenges of the Company.
TRC is established with the following objectives:-
o To make TAKREER becomes a world class diversified Refining Company.
o To make TAKREER as a fully Nationalized Company through promoting Emiratis.
Fields of Activity
TRC has 2 main fields of activity:
Research encompasses several activities such as Catalyst Research, Pilot Plant Testing, Analysis and Evaluation of the Results obtained during Pilot Plant Testing to accompany Process and/or Product Developments.
Process focuses on studies to propose solutions to persistent issues in the refineries and to optimise existing refinery operations as well as improve Refining Technology. These studies are the core activities in the Process Engineering and Process Modelling and Simulation groups.
Mechanism to Support Refinery Activities
TRC shall play a major role in troubleshooting persistent difficulties and in optimisation studies. TRC’s process engineers should mobilise the technologies and information from licensors, contractors, researchers at TRC and other institutions and best utilise the data, knowledge and know-how for the benefit of refinery operations.
One of the major advantages of engineers in companies operating refineries over licensors and consultants is that they can access up-to-date data from existing commercial units. By accumulating the knowledge and know-how and best utilising them, TRC is expected to reinforce its technology base, which should be the most important asset of TRC and Takreer for its future projects and plans.
In major revamping projects, as well as in the installation of new units or the expansion of the refineries, TRC staff shall collaborate with the staff in both Takreer’s headquarters and refineries. Process engineers at TRC shall join the project team to perform the project management consultancy work, to review the licensor’s package or consultant’s reports and to optimize the process based on the user's or operator’s knowledge.
Accumulation of data, knowledge and know-how are used to develop Basic Engineering Support in Process Engineering and Equipment Design.
For the purpose of building knowledge and know-how, access to refinery information system and establishment of data bases to collect the past information and gather Catalyst performance data are mandatory.
Timeframe for Establishing TRC
Steps to reach TRC objectives are divided in three phases: short, medium and long term, defined as follows,
Phase 1 : -2009 “Start-up phase”
Phase 2 -1: 2010-2011 “Developing phase”
Phase 2 -2: 2012-2013 “Establishing phase”
Phase 3 : 2014-2017 “Full operation phase”
Structure and Organization of TRC
In order to achieve the objectives and targets, the organization of TRC is composed of the following sections;
The Research section performs the evaluation of existing as well as newly developed technologies. The main activity is linked to catalyst testing and screening, along with related analyses. It collaborates closely with other functions at TRC and cooperates with other research organizations such as The Petroleum Institute (PI), the UAE University and others academic and research institutions. The Chief Researcher is responsible for research and development.
The Process study is mainly responsible for the engineering study to rationalise and optimise refinery operation, and it also furnishes the refineries with TRC’s research achievements. Close cooperation with refineries is indispensable. The Chief Process is responsible for the application of TRC’s study including research achievements to refineries and should have close relation with refinery engineers.
In addition to these two main sections, TRC needs a coordination function to get in touch with refineries, headquarters and PI & UAE University as well as other similar institutions in other countries. This function is also responsible for furnishing Centre Manager with capabilities of TRC to conduct studies and projects.
TRC Activities during Phase 1
- Generating scientific data for catalysts
- Catalyst testing for activity and performance
- Identification of catalysts related problems
- Managing catalyst performance
- Catalyst screening
- Comparison/Evaluation studies
- Studying replacement term
- Petroleum Testing
- Gas and Water Testing
- Process analysis and Troubleshooting
- Process/operational bottleneck identification and solving
- Operational/thermal efficiency optimisation and energy conservation
- Techno-Economic Feasibility Studies
Process Modelling & Simulation
- Plant/unit operation simulation
- Kinetic Modelling integration
- New process units Simulation
TRC Activities during Phases 2 & 3
- Catalyst Screening & Management
- Pilot Plant Testing
- Petroleum and Gas & Water Analyses and Tests
- Product Development
- Engine Bench Operation
- Process Engineering and Design
- Process Modelling & Simulation
- Refinery Performance Enhancement
- Study of Operation & Process Improvement
- Environment Engineering
- Coordination & Planning
- Investment Study
Staffing for the Main Functions/Sections
TRC started its activity with two major functions, Research and Process Study (see chart for Phase 1). These two functions/sections will remain throughout the three phases.
Centre manager leads these two functions, Research and Process Study, headed by Chief Research and Chief Process, respectively. Centre Manager ensures that TRC is fulfilling its mission with the assistance of Coordination and Administration staff.
The required number of TRC personnel during this phase is 12 engineers or researchers including the Centre Manager, 12 technicians, a secretary and 3 Coordination and Administration personnel. The total number of personnel is 24, excluding Coordination and Administration staff.
Phases 2 and 3
The number of personnel will increase, and their professional qualities will be upgraded to fulfil the objectives in Phases 2 and 3, respectively. Total number of the personnel is 42 in Phase 2, 58 in Phase 3, excluding the Administration, respectively.
In this plan Product Development is assumed to be added as a sub-function in late phase 2, or 2014 and the Engine Bench is to be installed in Phase 3, or 2018.