Process integration across sectors

Article by Neil Clark

Chemicals, cement and minerals firms join forces to boost operational efficiency

Humberside: Project helps companies benefit from one another’s operations (Ineos)

THREE Humberside process industry giants are participating on a European industrial efficiency project to promote cross-sector integration.

The businesses in question, INEOS, Cemex and Omya – representing the petrochemical, cement and minerals industries respectively – are aiming to overcome issues of data confidentiality to improve energy and resource efficiency.

Central to their efforts is the EU Horizon 2020 and SPIRE-funded project called EPOS (Efficiency and Performance in process industry Operations via onsite and cross-sectorial Symbiosis), which provides a management tool to help foster collaboration within industry clusters.

A key aspect of the tool is the use of sector blueprints, which characterise and visualise typical processes, units and utilities within a sector, alongside heat and material streams. This allows companies to identify, for example, where by-product waste streams created by one sector could be used as feedstocks in another, providing economic or environmental benefits.

This article is adapted from an earlier online version.

Article by Neil Clark

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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