Simulation and optimization

Energy and utility systems

Saving energy is the most reliable way to reduce operating costs and improve profitability in a volatile market. Our software tools show you how to optimize the design, revamp and operation of energy systems, ensuring optimum efficiency. Make confident utility configuration decisions, identify opportunities, size equipment, plan for potential future scenarios and speed up performance management with online monitoring.


Our suite of energy and utility software tools includes:

  • Visual MESA Energy Management (VM-EMS), consisting of Visual MESA Energy Real-Time Optimizer (VM-ERTO) and Visual MESA Energy Monitor (VM-EM), for energy and emissions planning, monitoring and optimization
  • Petro-SIM, for the design and engineering of utility systems
  • HX Monitor, for heat exchanger monitoring
  • SuperTarget, an advanced pinch analysis tool, for optimizing the design and revamp of heat exchanger systems

Our energy and utility software tools will allow you to:

  • Reduce energy and capital costs at the design stage:
    • Make utility configuration decisions, size equipment and build-in high efficiency, taking into account site specific economics and energy costs to maximize returns
    • Simulate and design standalone utility systems, or seamlessly integrate them into process models
    • Minimize energy costs through effective design of heat exchanger networks
  • Develop energy improvement revamps easily and accurately:
    • Identify improvement opportunities, evaluate benefits and predict future scenarios
  • Measure and manage energy costs in day-to-day operations:
    • Automatically acquire, reconcile, interpret and capture real-time energy performance data
    • Improve operational performance management with online monitoring, optimizing heat exchanger cleaning cycles and equipment maintenance planning
    • Use proprietary benchmark energy KPIs to ensure the optimum synergy of process and energy performance
  • Achieve real-time optimization of energy costs:
    • Forecast across multiple time periods to determine fuel import and power export commitments, enabling you to optimize major utility equipment running strategies
    • Optimize plant performance in real-time, responding to fluctuations in power grid pricing and demand
    • Automate prescriptive analytics to optimize energy costs within given constraints

Visual MESA Energy Management System

Integrated technology for scheduling and monitoring the optimization of energy systems in real-time

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Energy cost reduction

Repsol, Spain's largest energy company, approached KBC when they were looking for an energy management system for their Tarragona Refinery, an integrated refining and petrochemical site. The site had a production capacity of 186,000 b/d.

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