Nichols, Lee

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, Texas

Editorial Comment: Our purpose: 100 yr of striving to deliver technical editorial excellence to the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

One hundred years ago, a group of individuals saw a need to disseminate the latest technologies and know-how to improve refining operations, safety, management and profitability. At the time, World War 1 had ended roughly 4 yr prior, and global gasoline demand expanded immensely. In turn, new refining capacity was being built around the world to increase production to satisfy burgeoning demand. Simultaneously, new discoveries were being made to produce plastics, fertilizers and other petrochemical products.

HP Flashback

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

HP Flashback is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published through the decades by Hydrocarbon Processing. This collection of excerpts provides a look into the major technological advancements and topics/trends in the hydrocarbon processing industry during that timeframe.

History of the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the last 9 mos, Hydrocarbon Processing has provided a detailed history of the origins and evolution of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). This robust analysis chronicled the beginnings of the modern refining and petrochemical industries through the technological advancements that have created the global energy juggernaut the industry has become today.

Industry Pioneers: The people that have advanced the HPI for more than 150 yr

Nichols, Lee, Sharma, Sumedha, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Carl von Linde was a German scientist and engineer who pioneered new technologies in refrigeration and the invention of air separation and gas liquefaction processes. In the 1870s, Linde’s studies led to an efficient design for refrigeration.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from 2000–2022: Decarbonization, digital transformation, integration and reliability

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 2000s by Hydrocarbon Processing. This collection of excerpts provides a look into the major technological advancements and topics/trends in the hydrocarbon processing industry during that timeframe.

History of the HPI: The 2000s: Net-zero, environmental regulations, capacity acceleration and digital transformation

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This final installment of the History of the HPI series details major events in the refining and petrochemicals industry over the past 20 yr, including stricter regulations/initiatives to curb carbon emissions, a safer and more environmentally friendly way to produce and handle chemicals, significant capital investments to boost production capacity and digital transformation.

Industry Perspectives: Innovative technologies for a sustainable future: IRPC returns as an in-person event

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late September, Hydrocarbon Processing will again host the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) as an in-person event—the technical symposium has been held virtually since early 2021.

Editorial Comment: Although more than 170 yr old, the modern refining industry continues to evolve

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As detailed in Hydrocarbon Processing’s History of the HPI series, the modern oil refining industry traces its origin back nearly 170 yr. The industry has not only propelled much of the world to a higher standard of living, but has also created new products and technologies that have extended life expectancies, created modern societies and lifesaving equipment, and revolutionized the way people travel and communicate.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1990s: Process optimization, fuel quality and environmental compliance

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The future is best described in three phases: Drivers for change, current responses and projections.

History of the HPI: The 1990s: Clean fuels and emissions mitigation, M&A, GTL and the fieldbus wars

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Much like several initiatives passed in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s were a decade heavily focused on environmental issues, with many new regulations being enacted to not only mitigate industrial and vehicle emissions but also to advance the production of clean fuels globally.