Automation Modernization Opportunities in the US Refinery Market

Varying Crude Oil Grades to Bolster Growth for Refinery Retrofits


An incremental rise in domestic crude oil production in the United States along with the potential inflow of Canadian heavier crude is poised to disrupt the dynamics of the oil and gas downstream market. As end users invest in upgrades, retrofits, and new greenfield refinery projects, there is ample opportunity for automation vendors to enhance their solution offerings to cater to the pressing needs of control, safety, utilization, and productivity. This strategic market insight provides automation vendors a detailed analysis on regional market dynamics, required key retrofit units, current and future automation tools mapping, benefits of implementation, and a heat map of projects depicting total share for automation systems.

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Table of Contents

Executive SummaryExecutive SummaryMega Trends to Micro Booms—Definitions and Tie-insMega Trends to Micro BoomsWhat Are Mega Trends and Micro Booms?Micro Booms—What Will We Be Looking Into?Introduction—Scope and SegmentationScope of the StudyMarket DefinitionsMarket Definitions (continued)Market Definitions (continued)Market Definitions (continued)First Base—Business InsightsBusiness InsightsA Diversified Inflow—Domestic US Crude Oil Supplies Coupled with the Anticipated Canadian Oil Sands are Inciting Refiners to Blend Varying Crude Oil GradesKey Influencers of the Downstream SectorShale Oil Characteristics an Ideal Fit for RefinersPADD Capacities and ClassificationUS Refinery CapacityEast CoastMidwestGulf CoastTime Map of Changing DynamicsDemand for Middle DistillatesPrice Differential Second Base—Growth InsightsGrowth InsightsUnscrambling Complex Infrastructures—The Impact of Blending Requires Agile Refinery Operations, which in Turn Drive Automation Opportunities for Retrofit UnitsMarket SizingRefinery SchematicAutomation MappingRetrofit MappingAutomation Focal Points for Refinery RetrofitsRisk Reward MatrixAdvanced Process ControlCase Example on the Compelling Benefits of APC AdoptionPressing Need for Integrated Systems with Advanced SafetyImplementation Strategies for Safety SystemsDigital AutomationParadigm Shift to Smarter RefineriesThird Base—Profit InsightsProfit InsightsA $103.1 Million Total Opportunity by 2015—Brownfield Projects Instigate the Development of Augmented Toolsets as Refiners Upgrade and Expand their Foundation Capabilities to Optimize ThroughputHeat Map of US Refinery Greenfield and Brownfield ProjectsSummary of Project ActivityGreenfield Project 1: Trenton Refinery ProjectGreenfield Project 2: Rusk County ProjectGreenfield Project 3: Calumet Refinery Project Brownfield Project 1: NCRA McPherson Refinery Project Brownfield Project 2: Tesoro Salt Lake City Refinery Project Brownfield Project 3: Richmond Refinery Project Brownfield Project 4: Garyville Refinery ProjectBrownfield Project 5: Great Falls Refinery ProjectBrownfield Project 6: Vicksburg Refinery ProjectTop RecommendationsTop RecommendationsCompany ProfilesCompany Profile—Chevron CorporationCompany Profile—Marathon Petroleum CorporationCompany Profile—Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.Company Profile—Tesoro CorporationCompany Profile—Dakota Oil Processing, LLCCompany Profile—Ergon, Inc.Legal DisclaimerAppendixMarket Engineering MethodologyPartial List of Companies InterviewedLearn More—Next Steps




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