Process optimization for refinery

Alfa Laval offers process optimization services for refineries. Over 40 years ago, Alfa Laval were first to market with innovative heat exchanger solutions for the refinery market and today we have delivered more than 4,500 high-efficiency heat exchangers to all different refinery processes, all around the world. Based on our waste experience, we can optimize the heat- & mass balance and hydraulics in your refinery processes, utilizing the capabilities of our such heat exchangers. This will provide you with the best techno-economical solution with the longest operating interval in-between maintenance needs.

Refinery process optimization benefits 

By involving Alfa Laval already in the conceptual design phase of your project, our process optimization solutions will unlock opportunities not available in conventional process designs. Look at the movies to see what we can do for your refinery! 

Our collaboration models

We offer different models to collaborate with your process engineers or appointed consultants, engineering company or licensor to make sure the process efficiency of your new investment is maximized already during the conceptual design stage. We have experience ranging from various types of consultancy agreements to full partnership agreements. With a partnership agreement, we do not charge for our process optimization services, and there is no cost if your project is not approved for implementation.

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Alfa Laval joins Cepsa on the road to Net-zero

Watch this short video to find out how process optimization services and highly efficient heat exchangers will help Cepsa reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 55% over the next 10 years.

Tips for optimizing your process

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Crude distillation

  • Increased capacity and product yield
  • Substantially lower energy consumption and CO2 emissions
  • Increased operating reliability
  • Reduced investment cost

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Crude oil desalting

  • Improved desalter efficiency
  • Maximal effluent cooling
  • Reduced cleaning and repair costs


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Catalytic reforming & isomerization

  • Increased capacity
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Improved product yield and quality
  • Reduced investment costs

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  • Improved reactor efficiency
  • Increased product yield and quality
  • Reduced investments in the refrigerant loop


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Renewable fuels production

  • Maximal feed stock flexibility
  • Improved product yield and quality
  • Minimal environmental footprint with maximal waste heat recovery and wastewater recycling

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Catalytic hydrotreatment

  • Increased capacity
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Increased cycle length and improved equipment on-stream availability
  • Highest equipment reliability

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Blue hydrogen production

  • Increased CO2 capture efficiency
  • Minimized energy and cooling water consumption
  • Reduced cost in CO2 compression package

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  • Maximal plant conversion rate and product yield
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Maximal run-length in-between heat exchanger cleanings

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