February 2000


Process Technology

Use monitoring programs to improve ammonia plant uptime
Nair, M. P. Sukumaran, Special Secretary to Government of Kerala, and Chairman, Chemical Engineering Division Board of the Institution of Engineers

Trending processing information – pressure, temperature – provides 'clues' on the reliability of critical equipment and catalysts

Business Tools for Technology Transfer
Ayers, J. B., CGR Mangement Consultants

Apply these guidelines for best communication between technology and business fields

Project & Plant Management

Alliance contract sets standards for teamwork
Bamber, J., BP AMOCO; Covert, C., Fluor Daniel

This successful approach for a refinery revamp uses shared benefits and losses based on aggressive schedule, cost, quality and safety goals

Can project success and failure be predicted?
Ahmad, M., School of Science and Technology, Univeristy of Teesside; Moore, T., Qatar General Petroleum Corporation

Model defines work phases and indicates where team decline is most likely

Lessons taught the teacher
Homer, J. L., BMW Constructors Inc.

Simulations can be effective in focusing attention on good – and bad – project management behaviors

Project management for process control systems
Garrett, T., Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control

Here's how to ensure that technical, cost and schedule objectives are met

Rotating Equipment/Environment

Understand dry gas seals
Godse, A., Qatar Petroleum

Use these guidelines for a successful installation

Rotating Equipment/Instrumentation

Reciprocating compressor condition monitoring
Sela, U., Sequoia Engineering and Design Associates

Ensure your system includes these capabilities


HP Control: How can e-commerce help you?
Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

If you read Wendy Weirauch's editorial, you know Gulf Publishing will be getting into electronic-commerce (e-commerce). Our first project involves putting our Composite Catalog of Oilfield Equipment a..

HP Reliability: Preliminaries to a successful reliability strategy
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Not long ago, a dedicated team of reliability professionals met to discuss what it takes to become a "best practices" or "best-of-class" company. In summary, the team considered that top quartile comp..

HPInternet: Natural Gas Information and Educational Resources
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

Here is a fantastic Web site for those of you interested in natural gas. It provides a lot of information at one location, making it one of the best resource pages I've seen (http://www.naturalgas.org..

HP Insight: Petrochemical cycles – either you 'love it or hate it'
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Commodity petrochemicals are a "love/ hate" business. When margins and profits are high, HPI operating companies are blissful and eagerly embark on spending sprees. They plan and build new capacity to..

HP Water Management: Can you reduce your cooling tower blowdown rate?
Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Open, recirculating cooling systems require large volumes of fresh or treated water to replace water lost through evaporation, drift and blowdown in the cooling tower. Some chemicals that are used for..

HPIn SHE: The mysterious underworld
Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

In Britain's north Yorkshire, there is a curious well in which the water regularly – and mysteriously – rises and falls. Not surprisingly, it is known as the Ebbing and Flowing Well. While n..

HPInformer: North America edition
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ADB Systems (ADB), Houston, Texas, has acquired the Consulting Services division of Bonner & Moore Assoc., Inc., including COMPASS, its Enterprise Asset Management software system. The division wil..

HPInformer: International edition
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Barco, Kuurne, Belgium, a leading developer and manufacturer of multi-screen monitoring solutions, has announced that a two-year sales agreement has been undersigned with ABB Automation. Barco's pr..

New Developments: NEW Developments

Expansion joint selection Witzenmann GmbH has developed new, state-of-the-art, expansion joint selection software. FLEXPERTE helps industrial plant designers cut time and cost when selecting the ap..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ABB and Sofresid selected for basic design of IGCC facility ABB Lummus Global B. V., The Netherlands, and Sofresid S. A., France, have been awarded a lump-sum contract by TotalFina, Paris, France, ..

Free Literature: FREE literature

Safety-instrumented system Moore Process Automation Solutions has produced a four-color poster providing step-by-step reference information on the design of a safety-instrumented system (SIS). An S..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Are fuel cell vehicles challengers or challenged? National governments and the transportation industry are increasingly focusing on research and development initiatives directed toward fuel cell vehi..

HP Impact: HPImpact: What skills do project managers really need?
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the HPI, the project management discipline has gained credibility as an implementation methodology that successful corporations use to accomplish their goals. However, to ensure future qualified wo..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Resurging demand for catalysts
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Demand for petroleum refining catalysts totaled $1.1 billion in 1998 and is forecast to increase $250 million/yr over the next five years. A study from The Freedonia Group says that the "poor performa..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Outlook 'robust' for natural gas – GRI
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Gas Research Institute (GRI) has published the 2000 Edition of its "Baseline Projection of U.S. Energy Supply and Demand to 2015." It describes steady growth in overall U.S. energy consumption and..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Regulator, innovator: on the same side?
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When it comes to the battle between the regulators and the innovators, one side yells for more regulation to hold back the technological juggernaut and protect the environment; the other wants to abol..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Kyoto Protocol costs burden Canada most, says recent study
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A variety of economic models estimating the cost to implement the Kyoto Protocol on global warming show that the economic burden will likely be greatest on Canada and the U.S., according to an analysi..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Fastest growing field device market
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The ultrasonic flowmeter market is going through "the most dramatic revolution since the introduction of the first Doppler ultrasonic flowmeter." Advances in technology will spur rapid double-digit gr..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Industrial chemicals to rebound 2.25%
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 1999, U.S. shipments of chemicals and allied products rose 5.25% to $412 billion. This growth was driven by gains in life sciences and specialty chemicals. Shipments of industrial chemicals rose on..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Hours worked: More may not be better
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Does working more mean working better? Not necessarily, says a new global study by the International Labour Office (ILO). The study suggests that increased productivity is not the only indicator that ..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Choosing cutpoints to optimize product yields After reading "Choosing cutpoints to optimize product yields" by R. W. Brooks, F. D. van Walsem and J. Drury, as published on p. 53 in the November 1..


Online portals and continuity
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Many forces are shaping the HPI worldwide: fluctuating oil, gas and petrochemical prices; increasing merger and acquisition activity; advancing process technologies; proliferating government regulatio..