At Neste Jacobs, we know oil refining. For over 60 years, our process engineers have been leading experts in complex crude oil refinery processes, including distillation, fractionation and hydrocracking, and understand how to get the best results – gasolines, diesel fuel, jet fuel, lubricating oils, bitumen, and other petroleum products. Globally, we are the preferred solution provider for the hydrocarbon industry.
Our mission is to improve the performance of your oil refinery. Working with licensors but still independent, our long experience tells us what is best to leverage your current technology. Our own modern simulation and process automation solutions such as NAPCON further help you fine-tune your current refining processes and even more closely integrate them for better production flow, energy efficiency, and lowering long-term costs.
We offer you full-chain understanding of the industry – from delivery to the refinery to downstream petroleum distribution. This in-depth knowledge gives us the insight for any project from traditional refining to the introduction of bio-based feedstocks or co-processing. We take you from the initial concept of a new facility, to front-end studies, basic engineering, and full EPCM services. We are renowned for projects that are on budget, on schedule, and above expectations.
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Sales Director, Oil Refining
Oil refining Investment Material Service
Materials tied to engineering design
We now offer procurement and supply service to your investment project. With over 200 such projects going on around the world at any given time, we handle the acquisition of materials worth hundreds of millions of euros every year. Using this purchasing power, you benefit from our expertise and high-volume savings. We also ensure that exactly the right amount of materials reach your site just when you need them, cutting your transport, storage, and similar expenses. Our Logistics Center is your Logistics Center. Our multidisciplinary, cross-industry expertise gives you access to the best materials sources, and we can handle any investment materials logistics.
With us, your materials come from the same place as your engineering. By integrating design with sourcing, you safeguard quality, as real experts recommend the right parts for your specific processes. You also save time, as you consult with fewer vendors. Run your project with us, and we can provide full end-to-end engineering, procurement, and construction management services.
Oil refining Health, Safety and Environment
Health, safety and environment is in everything we do
Neste Jacobs is committed to respect for the environment and protecting the health and safety of all people affected by our projects, including our own employees, customer personnel and other stakeholders, wherever we operate. This also means compliance with all applicable health, safety and environment (HSE) legal requirements and other adopted industry standards.
As a customer, you deserve the safety in your processes, and the best quality design and engineering work. We want to protect the health of people, keep the environment safe from emissions, save energy, and prevent property losses. Being your solution provider, we understand it is about the added value created through our delivery to you in terms of safety, environment, and quality. Safety is present in everything we do.
We try to exceed your expectations by constant improvement. This is a basic principle at Neste Jacobs. Continuous development in all our activities makes our operations strong.
Sustainable business creates sustainable solutions, taking safety, environmental matters, and quality into account. Sustainable design leads to substantial savings throughout the life cycle of your investment. It benefits the health of both people and the environment and ensures the availability and reliability of your assets.
The proof of our performance lies in the consistently positive feedback we have received from many customers on this issue. Our knowledge and careful application of HSE standards and practices represent an unrivalled reputation for care and diligence in the field.
Our top management, leaders at every level and all our employees understand their responsibilities and are committed to health, safety, environmental and quality in our business.
We care about our people, the surrounding community and our world, and we live up to our commitments.
Oil refining Engineering
An integral approach to your needs
Neste Jacobs can provide you with all the required services from the idea and your plant start up and beyond.
We can provide all the engineering services you need, taking care of your concept design, feasibility study, basic engineering and front-end engineering design (FEED), and when you are ready, full EPCM services, right up to commissioning and handover. Suitable for any site development project, be it a new plant, a modernization, capacity increase, or technical additions, we provide high-level engineering across all major process industries. Our cooperative, multidisciplinary approach gives us the unique ability to maximize your process efficiency and fully integrate your project with planned or existing facilities and infrastructure.
Building on 60 years of engineering experience, we manage your project with our own special project model called ProMo5. It features a strong business and teamwork orientation, maximizing efficiency and scalability while emphasizing safety and quality in every project. Our highly-skilled workforce uses the latest design software for processes, equipment, automation and plant life cycle data management to address your specific requirements.
Oil refining Commissioning and start up
Making your plant operational
Neste Jacobs commissioning and start-up services help you take your new facility from a mechanically complete building to a productive, operating plant.
After construction, we enter the pre-commissioning phase, with on-site testing and a check of mechanical completion. The commissioning phase comes next, with functional testing, including the SIS, for the full safety of your personnel. We also cover punch lists, overall inspection and clearance. Our comprehensive approach ensures nothing gets forgotten on your project.
When our commissioning team hands over your plant, you can look forward to a safe, efficient and on-schedule start-up. We provide you with operating and maintenance instructions written by the design engineers themselves, training and support on the equipment and automation fine-tuning as the processes reach production capacity. Yet our commitment to you does not end with start-up. We can continue to provide you with engineering support throughout the entire life cycle of your facility.
Oil refining Owner's team
Boost the skills and experience in your team
When you integrate Neste Jacobs experts into your project team, you get all the support you need to make your investment project a complete success. You have access to our long professional experience and an enormous pool of resources, including our deep knowledge of project management, automation and process engineering, a network of trusted contractors worldwide, and our unique local-remote concept that leverages nearby resources for global impact. We know every site is different, and we tailor our collaborative services specifically to your requirements.
If you’re new to investment projects or you are starting up fresh business in a production area that is unfamiliar to you, we can help you focus on the important issues and guide you in the daily decision making that is crucial for successful project management. Our comprehensive know-how ensures the high quality of the result while completing your project on time and on budget. Working closely with you as a part of your own team, Neste Jacobs experts are just like members of your organization. For us, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Oil refining Project management consulting
Help your project go further
Neste Jacobs can help you achieve your investment objectives in both small- and large-scale site investment projects by running your entire project for you, all the way from initial concept to commissioning and start-up. Drawing on decades of experience and the talents of a diverse team of experts, our comprehensive project management consulting (PMC) services help you complete your project on time and on budget. Our offices around the world work together to integrate our expertise in HSE systems, risk management, procurement, and the engineering, that will guide your project to success.
We understand that you face constant challenges throughout your project, so our PMC team helps keep costs down and optimizes the use of your resources with a proven, focused approach. We have the capability to be onsite throughout the project lifecycle, because we know every site is different and local knowledge improves quality through accuracy. Besides face-to-face contact, we also facilitate communication between members of the PMC team and your own organization through several highly-advanced proprietary and licensed software tools. The right tools provide information, assist in understanding and help us make the right decisions with you.
Oil refining Turnaround
Turnaround done properly
As old technology wears out and new technology improves, turnaround will eventually be necessary in your plant, and unfortunately, it will interrupt the operations at your facility. However, with our long experience of engineering and project services, we can deliver a professional and efficient turnaround project, so you can get back to production as soon as possible. We start by helping you carefully define what you want to do with the turnaround to meet your targets. Whatever your needs, good planning helps mitigate risks, optimize execution and streamline the entire project.
Neste Jacobs knows that each turnaround is different. To be successful, it must be based on your business strategy and optimizing the life cycle of your valuable assets. We can offer you a systematic approach that combines the highest level of engineering competence, a deep knowledge of maintenance and investment, and a detailed understanding of project management. Our skilled experts keep it on schedule, minimize downtime, and help you leverage the full potential of your turnaround.
Oil refining Consulting
The spark of change
We provide strategic advisory services for energy and process companies who want to move forward into a successful and sustainable future. New technologies emerging due to intensive research in biochemistry, strong pressures to increase energy efficiency as well as digitalization and the global trend toward renewable sourcing have created exciting opportunities for those who know how to take advantage and rise to the challenge. Businesses must understand industry changes and adapt to a rapidly shifting market to maintain and increase profitability.
Our one hundred and forty technical and business experts offer you a wide range of valuable expertise to help you develop the vision, knowledge, creativity and future direction of your enterprise. We guide you towards better pre-investment decisions on technology, product, market, mergers, HSEQ and any subject relevant to the operation of a long-lasting, successful business. Our advice helps customers involved in both physical industry and financial investments.
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Head of Consulting
Oil refining Technology co-development
Developing a unique solution together
Your new technology is more likely to succeed commercially with the right experience and resources behind it. Besides R&D, you need modelling, conceptual process design and multidisciplinary engineering. Close collaboration with us can help bring a good idea into profitable commercial production quickly, with careful attention to cost, safety and environment. The outcome is an optimized and mature process concept. We can take you through all the phases of process design, plant engineering, start-up, and even licensing to other customers – the whole development project from beginning to end.
Co-development saves time and money. Your research work is sharper, market entry comes earlier without unnecessary piloting, and you can use our experience, know-how and innovation capabilities to enhance your research. You have less risk, because our expertise will provide you with understanding for more precise process design and enhanced HSE awareness will be built in right from the start. Our in-house data banks, simulation software, and technical competence, earned from a long, proven track record, focus testing and reduce development obstacles. In addition, access to our network links with universities, research institutes and commercial organizations ensures you have the best external resources at your fingertips.
Oil refining ECOARM unloading device
Unload heavy fuel oil easily
The main business of many of our customers is oil and oil products. Working with such a sensitive substance, you require careful handling to ensure product quality, maintain the safety of personnel, and meet environmental concerns. The ECOARM is a mechanical unloading device for rail tank cars that meets every one of these challenging requirements. It uses an innovative system to warm your oil before pumping without water or steam, and its design removes any need for underground oil channels. Automation and process control make it easy for you to operate and maintain.
The ECOARM is designed for flexibility. It is particularly good for high-viscose products like heavy fuel and lubricating oil, and those with low vapour pressure and cavitation problems, such as light condensates and crude oil. It is also ideal for chemicals that freeze at mild temperatures, like paraxylene. In addition, we tailor each installation to meet your particular needs. You can get unloading wagons with one or two tracks and a work radius of up to six meters. We optimize everything from your heat transfer capacity to the right level of automation for your specific operational conditions.
Oil refining NExSAT
Saturation technology for demanding applications
Fuel and solvent manufacturers can now meet current and future olefin and aromatic strict saturation standards with a high availability process at low cost. Neste Jacobs NExSAT is the optimum process for hydroprocessing of low-sulphur feedstock in mild operating conditions, followed by product property fine-tuning in a stabilization or fractionation section for the ultimate quality gain. Typical products are low aromatic fuels, aromatic free solvents and highly saturated fine hydrocarbon chemicals.
Our flexible NExSAT process can be used for saturation of wide range of olefinic feedstocks or de-aromatization of middle distillates and naphtha, in a design optimized for single or multiple feedstocks. Capital outlay is kept to a minimum, commonly with no need of a dedicated fired heater nor recycle compressor, yet retaining excellent operational availability and low maintenance requirements. Add to that the low cost of catalyst, excellent reactor performance and its high-quality output, and you are sure to consider it a wise investment.
Oil refining NExPAO
Superior synthetic base oils for distinctive performance
As customers and regulations become more demanding, finding the right way to produce premium base oils can be challenging. Neste Jacobs NExPAO proprietary process will give you low-viscosity PAOs from 1-decene feed. With the use of our unique catalyst system highly selective oligomerization reactions provide you with an output that, after saturation and fractionation, gives your final products excellent low and high temperature properties. This is a commercially fully proven technology for production of top-quality synthetic base oils.
Our NExPAO process produces Group IV polyalphaolefins (PAO) 2, 4, 6, and 8 for use in motor oils, transmission fluids, cosmetics, food, and much more. The product has an ultra-high viscosity index with simultaneous outstanding low-temperature properties, is sulfur free and has superior stability which makes it safe to store and transport. Energy efficiency, conventional catalysts, limited hydrogen use, and easy maintenance keep your costs low. You can save money on production while expanding your market in new directions.
Oil refining NExETHERS for combined ethers production
Multiple ethers from one single process
With specifications changing and costs rising, gasoline producers want the optimal solution for processing C4-C7 streams to their highest value. In Neste Jacobs NExETHERS process iso-olefins and alcohol react to ethers in the presence of a conventional ion exchange resin catalyst. The first fractionator separates heavy hydrocarbons and ether products from the remaining C4 stream. The second fractionator integrates alcohol recovery and oxygenate removal, giving you almost total feed isobutene and alcohol conversion.
At every stage of this process, you save money. An optimized single unit covers a range of input streams. Capital expenses are low, as no additional equipment is needed for processing the alcohol recycle stream. Your production targets can be maintained, since NExETHERS uses equipment with trouble-free maintenance, and you don’t even need to shut it down during catalyst change. With the freedom to vary the olefinic input anywhere from C4 to C7 and to choose between methanol and ethanol feed, you have maximum flexibility with high yields at a low cost with any of the feed combinations.
Oil refining NExETHERS for MTBE and ETBE production
Efficient and economical fuel ether production
With gasoline specifications changing and costs rising, gasoline producers want economical, reliable and innovative solutions for processing C4 streams. In Neste Jacobs NExETHERS single component process, using a conventional ion exchange resin catalyst makes isobutylene and alcohol react to form ether. A dual fractionator system integrates alcohol recovery and oxygenate removal, giving you effortlessly high conversion rates, both for isobutylene and feed alcohol.
Your production targets can be maintained, since the process uses equipment that requires little maintenance, and you don’t even need to shut it down during catalyst change. With the freedom to choose between methanol and ethanol feeds, or, if needed, later convert to isooctene production, you have maximum flexibility with excellent MTBE and ETBE yields at a low cost.
Oil refining NExSELECT
A trouble-free feedstock of olefinic hydrocarbons
Reliable processing with high availability is of greatest importance for producers of petrochemicals. Light cracked naphtha always contains diolefins that form gums and cause equipment fouling and product degradation amongst others in etherification units. Neste Jacobs NExSELECT process removes this problem by selective hydrogenation. Mild temperature eliminates the formation of paraffins, improving the overall yield in these downstream units.
The result is a clean and trouble-free flow throughout your process and better quality in your final product. Investment is minimal because NExSELECT operates in liquid phase and doesn’t need hydrogen recycle compressor. It is easily integrated into the NExTAME and NExETHERS units without more degasification equipment. Low cost for high return is always a wise business choice.
Oil refining NExOCTANE
A clean fuel choice
Our NExOCTANE process is ideal when you want to produce non-aromatic hydrocarbons with premium octane values. Dimerization of isobutylene in adiabatic reactors produces isooctene, which you can further saturate to isooctane with our novel NExSAT process. You control product quality through careful maintenance of optimum reactor conditions by recirculating alcohol to keep a low proportion of oligomers. After further treatment, you can use the C4 raffinate in an alkylation unit or dehydrogenation plant.
If you want to make the move to clean fuel production without ethers, this technology saves you money. You can have the NExOCTANE process installed as a low-cost retrofit of your existing MTBE or ETBE facilities, or as part of a grass-roots plant. The design is always solid, with excellent availability due to long catalyst age and ease of operation. Suitable for a wide range of olefinic C4-feedstocks, the technology provides a high-grade output with a great blending flexibility. Low RVP, superb octane values and low or non-existent sulfur content will easily meet environmental demands while simultaneously increasing your profits.
Oil refining NExTAME and NExTAEE
Maximize ether production for less cost
To improve the profitability of your cracked naphtha stream, add our NExTAME or NExTAEE processes to your oil refinery or downstream of your steam cracker. The feedstock can be any stream containing C5 to C7 tertiary olefins. Both methanol and ethanol can be used in the same process configuration. The trick is to use naturally-occurring azeotropes to concentrate alcohol and unreacted hydrocarbon reactants in a column side draw. All formed fuel ethers and inert gasoline-grade hydrocarbons concentrate at the bottom. As they contain only a trace of alcohol, they can be blended together in the gasoline pool without further treatment
Flexibility of input and a wider range of output allow your facility to cope with changing market demand. For example, NExTAEE is a low-cost way to produce biofuels in an oil refinery from FCC cracked naphtha, while at the same time improving the overall quality of these feedstocks. Solid design practices, optimized process conditions and low-maintenance equipment reduce both operating and investment costs. With these proven technologies, you can trust that impressive financial returns will appear quickly.
Oil refining Feedstock flexible cracker
The ultimate in steam cracker flexibility
As global energy and chemicals markets change, you need more flexibility to choose advantageous feedstocks for cost-effective processing to get the product distribution you desire. We take a four-stage approach to adjust your current cracker for optimal feedstock use. First, we benchmark your current cracker against requirements. Second, we develop a conceptual design for pinpointed modification opportunities that will bring you the flexibility you want. Third, we make quick-win modifications that enhance your cracker performance without disrupting your production. Fourth, we provide design and project execution services to implement all needed process modifications and bring your newly-improved cracker to full operation.
As an independent evaluator, we will give you an unbiased assessment of the compatibility of your cracker against targets. We will serve you with all our comprehensive knowledge of cracker technology, our decades-long experience on working cracker modifications, our on-purpose modelling tools and our proprietary NAPCON performance improvement solutions. This proven service concept is designed so you can get quick results even during your project run time, with highly valuable options such as real-time process optimization and access to a process learning environment.
Oil refining NAPCON
To err is human, to improve is NAPCON
NAPCON continues where human capabilities end. We help you find and utilize potential you didn’t know existed. With NAPCON products it is possible to reach results beyond human capabilities and employ the Industrial Internet to your advantage. With over 30 years of inside the fence engineering experience and a broad portfolio of industries, NAPCON can answer any question you may have and help your business tackle problems you never knew even existed.
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Oil refining ARxPINUS
Intelligent tall oil processing with guaranteed performance
Crude tall oil (CTO), a side product from chemical pine pulping, is one answer to the growing demand for renewables. Using our innovative on purpose technology comprising of integrated drying, depitching and distillation solutions will help you fully utilize this feedstock. The ARxPINUS process has maximum separation efficiency and produces a wide range of high-quality crude tall oil grades that can be adjusted for further processing and their final use in end products such as soaps, alkydresins, adhesives, ink solvents and fuels.
Our design is based on accurate modelling of undesired chemical reactions and flow patterns, thereby predicting correctly the yield and purity of your output. Reliable modelling, proven engineering solutions and built-in feedstock flexibility guarantees that your plant functions as designed and anticipates superior quality products, high availability and easy operability. With your trustworthy production facility in operation, you can focus on developing your customer base and research into new sources and uses for tall oil.