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Modeling, Control, and Optimization of Natural Gas Processing Plants, Author Questionnaire
We take time out with co-author of Modeling, Control, and Optimization of Natural Gas Processing Plants William Poe to find out what inspires him, why he decided to write a book and what makes it essential reading for Professionals in the industry.
- What is your particular area of expertise?
I am a chemical engineer with most of my experience in the fields of advanced process control and optimization with modeling techniques. I have worked for Shell Oil in the natural gas processing industry in engineering and operations roles and vendors serving this industry.
- What first inspired you to study your area of expertise?
I pursued chemical engineering because I have much interest in mathematics and chemistry. I first became involved with Advanced Process Control and Real-time Optimization with Shell Oil, found it very interesting and a good extension of my process engineering experience.
- Why would readers want to read your book?
Modeling, control and optimization of natural gas processes are powerful technologies for improving operations profitability. Yet, the theory, best practices and opportunities for applying these technologies is generally not well understood. This book thoroughly covers these important topics and provides the reader the knowledge required to better recognize opportunities for these technologies and how to apply them.
- What subject areas and industries does this book directly relate to?
This book focuses on the natural gas processing industry and the improvements that can be made with modeling, control and optimization tools.
- What are the biggest pain points in the industry?
The biggest pain points in the industry are the constantly changing requirements on natural gas processors and the lack of resources to fully take advantage of the opportunities that come with change. Natural gas processing plants are caught between the requirements of the oil and gas producers, regulations and the product markets. In addition, natural gas processing plants are complicated operations with many pieces of equipment that must operate for common objectives. Managers, engineers and technicians are asked to undertake many varied tasks in this dynamic environment for which there is limited time and manpower to perform.
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- What problems/challenges does this book address and what problem does it solve for your readers?
The operation of natural gas processing plants can respond much more reliably and profitably to the constantly changing requirements when modeling, control and optimization tools are employed. These tools, when properly applied, can take advantage of the opportunities that come with change in automated fashions that minimize manpower requirements. This book provides the reader an understanding of these technologies and best practices on how to apply the technologies to achieve maximum value for their operations.
- What topics and subjects does this book uniquely address and what value does it add to the industry?
There is very little written on the theory complemented by case studies of implementations of advanced process control and real-time optimization in the natural gas processing industry. These applications typically have return on investment of less than a year.
- What do you think will be the next big discovery or development in your field?
I anticipate that the next big development will be on optimization of “super systems” of gas processing operations where multiple plants process gas from a common raw gas gathering system.
- Why did you choose Elsevier to publish this work?
Elsevier published a previous work that I authored titled Handbook of Natural Gas Transmission and Processing. This book has been very successful (now in its third edition) and Elsevier has been very good to work with in all aspects.
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