Palm Oil Processing

Webinar: Online Plant Performance Improvement Solutions

Webinar: Online Plant Performance Improvement Solutions
  • Date From 5th January 2021
  • Date To 5th January 2021
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online: 18:30 MYT. Duration: 2 hours.


During recent times, energy management has become a key driver for organizations targeting lower carbon footprint and sustainability. However, the challenge remains on the shopfloor to take decisions that drive towards effective energy management and thereby reducing operational cost.

The tools that are being discussed in this forum are handles to empower the operators and process engineers to automate the reporting and accounting components. Furthermore, the optimization decisions are brought to light for a profitable utilities plant operation. The operator could easily take the recommendations respecting plant energy demands and reliability constraints of the process and benefit by energy savings from 2-5%. Optionally, there could be reconciliation algorithms that could be deployed to improve quality of data for this optimization and energy management.

The tools discussed would be:

  1. PinchOpt: pinch analysis and heat integration tool for CAPEX projects
  2. UtOpt: online utility optimization tool for OPEX performance improvement
  3. PerfOpt: performance monitoring and optimization tool for significant energy users such as boilers, cogeneration units, compressors etc.


Suryaprakash Digavalli

Mr Digavalli graduated from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India, in chemical engineering. He joined Reliance Industries limited and served for four years where he gained refinery and petrochemicals experience in operations and technology. He then joined Invensys where he built dynamic simulation models for the process industries for three years.

Mr Digavalli later ventured into the field of energy consulting and served in Middle East, Africa and South East Asian regions. He partnered with his European affiliates and delivered energy management solutions for Saudi Aramco’s four refineries and nine gas plants.

He developed his own tools for CAPEX and OPEX energy performance improvement for the process industries and will talk about this during the forum.

The material presented in this webinar is not peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the presenter’s own and do not represent those of IChemE or the Palm Oil Processing SIG. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE.


  • 18:30 — Presentation begins, followed by question-and-answer session
  • 19:30 — Online presentation ends

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