Energy Efficiency Improvement Program for SIR Refinery

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SEPTEMBER 21 - 2009

Axens and Orbeo completed a joint study of the SIR Refinery in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to improve its energy efficiency.

The study focused on identification of greenhouse gas emission reduction possibilities. Some projects have been identified as potentially eligible for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol.
The SIR refinery has a capacity of 3.8 million tons per year and participates to the Solomon Associates survey.

Energy costs of the refinery represent more than 55% of its total operating costs. The 14-week project was carried out in three phases:

The first phase was dedicated to site data collection and technical interviews with refinery personnel responsible for operation and maintenance. More than 80 possible energy reduction projects were identified.
During the second phase, the most interesting projects regarding the energy consumption reduction were studied in detail and 36 projects were selected by SIR.
In the third phase, the investment cost and related profitability of the selected projects were determined.

The conclusions of the project were:

The total potential savings represent 36% reduction of Energy Intensity Index (EII™) points of which half was related to improved maintenance of thermal equipment and adoption of best practices. The half remaining points require investments ranging between 1 and 8 million Euros.
14 projects were compliant with CDM criteria. The “Project Idea Notes (PIN) were developed as established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The 14 projects identified during the study and proposed to SIR, could represent 270,000 tons per year of avoided CO2 emissions.
The success of this project was based on SIR management commitment combined with Axens’ innovative energy consulting methodology and Orbeo expertise in CDM project identification.

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) defined by the Kyoto Protocol, is based on projects aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The CDM involves developing countries by enabling them to host emission reduction projects on their territory and thus earn certified greenhouse gas emission reduction (CER) credits that can be acquired by the industrialized countries to meet their emission reduction targets.

The Project Idea Note (PIN) is the first general information on the CDM project enabling the designated national authority (DNA) to assess the basic eligibility of the project.

The Ivoirian Refining Company (SIR) was created in 1962 and started its first crude oil processing unit in 1965. Since its creation, SIR has doubled its area from 40 ha to 80 ha, and is equipped with two 75 000 bpsd topping units and one hydrocracker.
SIR refinery serves the internal market as well as other African and worldwide countries. Refinery facilities include 10 crude oil tanks, 90 product thanks, 2 terminals and 3 jetties. As part of its development, SIR is currently completing the conversion of all steering equipment for its production facilities, from pneumatic to digital. The leading Ivory Coast company in terms of turnover, SIR is a member of Solomon Club (International Organization for comparing performance of refineries in the world) and accredited ISO 9001 (Version 2000).

Operating globally and headquartered in Paris, Orbeo, (, is a pioneering joint-venture between Rhodia and Société Génerale, combining industrial and financial expertise in the field of carbon markets. Orbeo covers the whole carbon value chain from project to market and is one of the leading buyers and sellers of the CO2 products.
Orbeo expertise in trading and distribution combined with its outstanding portfolio of greenhouse gas emission reduction projects, as well as its worldwide presence, allow its teams to cover all carbon products and to offer a wide and innovative range of services:
- Expertise in development, registration and control of Kyoto projects
- Contribution to market efficiency in terms of liquidity and transparency through activities of trading and risk management
- Innovative and customized solutions to meet the needs of all types of customers (industrials, governmental, and voluntary buyers and investors worldwide).

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