The Situation

Advisian assisted a refinery whose operating costs were in the 4th quartile of the global production cost curve, due in large part to high bauxite costs and caustic soda consumption.

Scope

To identify cost reduction opportunities through process improvement initiatives that enhance refinery performance.

Our Solution

Advisian undertook a high level flowsheet review which produced a prioritized list including 12 improvement opportunity recommendations.  After three years, four of these opportunities had been fully implemented and were delivering over USD $10M per annum of revenue via increased production capacity, reduced bauxite consumption and improved energy efficiency.  The total capital cost was around USD $1M.  At that time, the refinery was in the process of implementing another 4 of the original 12 recommendations.