Fuel-mix and energy utilization analysis of Port Harcourt Refining Company, Nigeria

Ismaila Badmus, Richard Olayiwola Fagbenle, Olanrewaju Miracle Oyewola
2013 Energy Science & Engineering  
This paper analyses the fuel-mix and energy utilisation patterns in Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Co mpany fro m the years 2000 to 2011. The average fuel-mix over the 12-year period is 9% Refinery Fuel Gas, 8% Liquefied Petroleu m Gas, 79% Low Pour Fuel Oil, 1% Coke and 3% Automotive Gas Oil. The refinery has been discovered to have specific fuel consumption ranging fro m 11.32% to 53.92%, aside fro m the year 2007 when there was no crude processed due to pipeline vandalisation, leading to
more » ... sation, leading to an undefined value of specific fuel consumption. The t wo main factors responsible for high specific fuel consumption in the refinery have been low capacity utilisation and poor fuel mix. It is proposed that Low Pour Fuel Oil be substituted with natural gas in order to reduce the specific fuel consumption as well as combustion products CO 2 production. The capacity utilisation has also been recommended to be boosted.
doi:10.1002/ese3.12 fatcat:rfnzqs2s5fhhfah32m5htpm63y