PetroPlan® is a refinery-planning process simulator. The product is an extremely powerful, yet user-friendly application that facilitates the optimization and scheduling of refinery operations. An economic analysis together with flexible planning of products and or capacities may be conducted for the complete plant. The software utilizes a graphical user-interface.
PetroPlan simulates operations by performing block-by-block calculations to determine all streams (e.g. crude oils and blended products) flowing between the various units (e.g. crude unit, FCC). The simulator uses non-linear equations to predict yields, product properties, and the consumption of utilities. The crude unit forms an integral part of the simulation and its yields are calculated from assays and user-specified cut temperatures. Profitability is maximized employing a numerical solver that determines the optimum operating conditions and allocation of components to finished products.