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Decarbonizing your fired heaters with hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen has long been considered a high-value product, but not typically as a fuel for fired equipment.

Trip your turbine troubles: Optimize the reliability of steam-driven turbines
Risko, J., TLV Corp.

Steam turbines are essential for successful operations in refining and petrochemical plants, such as at the wet gas compressor and regenerator air blower of a fluidized catalytic cracking unit (FCCU).

Implement advanced level control techniques to improve crude distillation unit stabilizer performance
Mandal, K. K., Nayara Energy Ltd.

The performance of refinery operations depends on the stable operation of the plant.

Mechanical design challenges in high-temperature electric heaters
Pramanik, R., Contributing Editor; Srinath, N. R., China Petroleum Engineering Co. Ltd.

Electric heaters are used in the process industries as an alternative to fired heaters or process heaters—where the heating medium is either steam or any heating fluid—for some specific applications where the process duties are low but fluids are heated to high temperature.

Reliability analysis of analyzers bridges the gap between assessing and addressing risk
Taylor, B., Anvil Corporation; Martin, S., CHS

For most refinery facility managers, the demands of running plants efficiently, meeting environmental regulations and maximizing returns on product specifications challenge even the most disciplined professionals.

Optimization of ethylene in the processing of hydrocarbons
Hecker, H., DOW Chemical Co.; Kim, J., AMETEK Process Instruments

The measurement of moisture or humidity is very important in most industries, including the petrochemicals sector. Excess moisture in instrument air can cause pipes to rust or pneumatic equipment to malfunction.

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Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,100 projects around the world. At 40%, the Asia-Pacific region holds the largest market share in total active projects followed by the Middle East and the U.S. These three regions represent nearly 70% of all active projects in the hydrocarbon processing industry.

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Project: Long Son Petrochemicals Complex
Location: Long Son, Vietnam
Operator: Siam Cement Group
Cost: $5.4 B
Capacity: 1.65 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Under Construction
Project: Huizhou Petrochemical Complex
Location: Huizhou, China
Operator: ExxonMobil
Cost: $10 B
Capacity: 1.6 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Under construction
Project: Visakh Refinery
Location: Visakhapatnam, India
Operator: Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.
Cost: $3.1 B
Capacity: 134,000 bpd
Completion date: 2023
Status: Under Construction
Project: LyondellBasell PO/TBA Complex
Location: Channelview, Texas (U.S.)
Operator: LyondellBasell
Cost: $2.4 B
Capacity: 1.47 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Under Construction