May 2001


Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Improve NGL recovery
Singh, S., Fort Wheeler Eastern Pte. Ltd.; Aggarwal, V., Foster Wheeler Eastern Pte Ltd.

Processing conditions and product specifications determine the best method to recover NGLs

Increase flexibility and efficiency of Claus unit with liquid redox technology
Baker, C., Anadarko Pinnacle Gas Treating, Inc.; Nagl, G. J., Gas Technology Products Division, Merichem Chemical & Refinery Services LLC; Niemiec, B., USFilter Gas Technology Products; Watson, G., Anardarko Petroleum

To manage higher H2S loads, this East Texas gas processor found a creative solution that increased plant efficiency even with widely fluctuating sulfur levels

Optimize CO2 removal
Hughes, P. W., Shaw, T. P., Costain Oil, Gas & Process Ltd.

What selection criteria should be used when evaluating gas-processing methods to separate bulk CO2? Enhanced investigative techniques pare down technology options to a short-list

Remove H2S and C1 - C4 from HDS recycle streams
DeBerry, D. W., DeBerry, K. E., CrystaTech, Inc.; McIntush, K., Trimeric Corp.; Newcomer, R. M., Williams Alaska Petroleum Inc.

Nonaqueous sulfur recovery techniques also reduce hydrogen losses

Pulse radar for mm-precision in tank gauging
Heim, M., Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co.

Systems with a carrier frequency about 6 GHz and an additional phase evaluation offer cost advantages


A look at downstream e-marketplaces
Lee, J., Novoforum, Inc.

Extending your enterprise with an Internet forum can be rewarding, but work

Project Management

PSM standards for effective project management
Sampath, R. S. V., Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Co.

Use these to define project tasks and implement activities to establish a system that yields maximum results


HAZROP: an approach to combining HAZOP and RCM
Post, R. L., P.E., Rohm and Hass Co

A single merged activity provides resource savings


HP Control: Collaborative manufacturing
Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

I was getting ready to write a report on ARC Advisory Group's Manufacturing Strategies for the E-World Forum, Feb. 19 - 20 in Orlando, when ARC sent a good summary of the meeting to att..

HP Reliability: Oil feed rates for reciprocating compressors
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the lubrication of double-acting compressor cylinders, one of the most important factors is the oil feed rate. Likelihood of over-lubrication is greater than that of supplying too li..

HP Water Management: Ammonia plant water management issues
Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

For ammonia plants, a vital goal is extending time between turnarounds. Currently, runtimes range from one to four years. Yet, ammonia facilities have several waterside issues that can ..

HP Automation Safety: The safe failure fraction barrier
Goble, W., exida LLC

Two charts in IEC61508 are getting a lot of attention as engineers begin to implement design processes to meet the standard. These are the "Safe Failure Fraction (SFF)" tables located i..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Oxidative route 'cleans up' dieselA novel, low-emission technology uses an oxidative chemistry to desulfurize crude oil or refined products. The process-UniPure ASR-2-has been developed by UniPure Cor..

HPInformer: International
Jackson, Kim M., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Atofina Chemicals, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has announced the consolidation of the company's specialty chemicals and plastics additives businesses to form the additives group. The new unit is..

Jackson, Kim M., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Catalytica Energy Systems, Mountain View, California, is selling substantially all of the assets used by Catalytica NovoTec a non-energy-related subsidiary. The new company, NovoDynamics, Inc., will o..

New Developments: New Developments in products, services and software

Probe insertion and retraction tool RETRACT-O-MATIC uses existing energy in a pressure vessel or flowline for operation. This existing energy is mechanically manipulated to provide the power necessar..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Jackson, Kim M., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ABB wins Jilin ethylbenzene plant expansion ABB, Bloomfield, New Jersey, has been awarded an ethylbenzene (EB) expansion by Jilin Chemical Industrial Co., China. The original EB plant is located in Ji..

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

FTC finds no evidence of anticompetitive conduct with last summer's gasoline price spike in the U.S. Midwest. A nine-month investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) into the causes of locali..

HP Impact: HPImpact: CMAI performs petrochemical industry SWOT analysis
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The petrochemical and plastics industry is "reeling from the sting of hyper energy markets and slowing economies coming at a time of stepped up capacity addition," according to CMAI analysts. Market p..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Feedstocks, products and terminals: Special report correction



Bill Crowley, Contributing Editor       Comments? Write: Let's focus on an a..

In search of gas
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Price and volatility are the main issues affecting natural gas. The HPI is conditioned to tolerate price increases as crude oil pricing rises. Yet, no one could forecast the ascent of g..

Improve NGL recovery Fig. 2

Fig. 2. Flow diagram for turbo compression / expansion NGL separation with de-methanation. ..

Improve NGL recovery Fig. 4

Fig. 4. Flow diagram for NGL recovery using turbo expansion without refrigeration without de-methanation. ..

Using wireless technology and the Internet for predictive maintenance

Recent developments in sensors and computational power enable more machines to be monitored inexpensively