Plant operators will be able to train on all aspects of plant operations and controls as well as startup, shutdown and emergency situation management of refinery’s newly constructed delayed coker unit in a virtual environment, allowing them to risk mistakes that would be deadly in real life in a safe environment.

Sinclair Oil Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, selected the SimSci-Esscor operating training simulator (OTS) from Invensys Process Systems to be implemented at the Sinclair refinery near Rawlins, Wyoming. The advanced dynamic simulation technology in the training simulator will allow the refinery’s operators to experience simulated situations and prepare for many changing process conditions.

The Invensys training simulator will include SimSci-Esscor Dynsim simulation software for high fidelity process modeling of all plant processes. According to the company, the simulator will play an important role at the refinery, as the new delayed coker unit is the first such unit installed at the facility. The simulator will help accelerate commissioning of the new unit.