November 2002



HP Reliability: Grease lubrication controversies resolved
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An electric power producer was understandably puzzled when, about a year ago, it received a memorandum from one of the premier manufacturers of rolling element bearings stating, in effe..

HPInternet: United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

Let's assume that you aren't currently based in the UK and that the boss has just mentioned that he needs to transfer someone there to help expand your company's operation. It might be ..

HP Water Management: How to store idle boilers
Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Idled boilers are very susceptible to corrosion. Protecting the integrity of idle equipment is critical to maximizing system reliability and minimizing unplanned repair or replacement c..

HP Integration Strategies: OpX requires strong automation-based strategy
Fiske, T., ARC Advisory Group

Today, more than ever, process manufacturers must achieve operational excellence (OpX) to deal with intensifying global competition, weakening economies, industry consolidation, stricte..


Integrated approach to materials management: a case study
Dey, P. K., University of The West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Business process re-engineering provided a substantial improvement to this function

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Repair pipe leaks quickly The STOP IT Pipe Repair System from Indumar Products is claimed to work on all metal and plastic pipes. It has been successfully used to repair leaks in chemical pl..


Alliance providing EPA compliance for HPI SAT Corp., Houston, Texas, an integrated field force automation solutions provider..

New Developments

Moisture-in-oil analysis Portable, high-performance Vapor Pro analyzer is claimed to be suitable for all mineral oils includ..

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

Refinery upgrade Fluor Corp. is performing engineering, procurement and construction services on a refinery upgrade project ..

Free Literature

Sulfur solidification and handling solutions Sandvik Process Systems engineers total sulfur solidification and handling syst..

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

News from annual ECC conference. The Engineering and Construction Contracting organization is now a nonprofit affiliate of ..

HP Impact: E-commerce lessons for ECC projects
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Members of the Construction Industry Institute have seen the rise and fall of the dot-com explosion and are interested in the lessons that can be learned from this episode in technology..

HP Impact: LNG demand, siting risks impact U.S. development
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The gap in U.S. natural gas consumption and production is widening, the supply of "stranded gas" is increasing globally and interest in LNG importation into the U.S. is again hot news. ..

HP Impact: Future for global energy markets, security
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Industry analysts and executives convened last month for a global forum focused on vital issues for the engineering and construction industry. The day-long conference, held at Rice Univ..

HP Impact: E-tool use: a legal update
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Treat e-mail as permanent, as if it were on paper, admonish attorneys specializing in construction contract issues. In a workshop at the recent ECC Conference (San Francisco, California..

HP Impact: Automating project processes to add value
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

FIATECH, founded two years ago with support from industry organizations, is addressing the need for accelerating the commercialization of technologies to make significant bottom-line di..

HP Impact: Methanol: next capacity wave in 2004
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Just prior to 2002, U.S. natural gas costs averaged $10/million Btus (MMBtu). This resulted in $300/ton methanol prices in the spot market, according to a new outlook from CMAI (www.cma..

HP Impact: Tide turning in PLC use, says study
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to market researchers at ARC (, the PLC market will revive despite the global economic slowdown. Users need automation to improve productivity, reduce costs and..

HP Impact: New electric motor standard, guidelines
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Hydraulic Institute (HI), the largest association of pump manufacturers in North America, has endorsed the Premium Efficiency Electric Motor program, known and marketed as "NEMA Pre..


Methanol – the other clean-fuel victim
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the U.S., the political war still rages over what constitutes a risk-free, clean-fuel blending component. Presently, MTBE's future remains clouded with many conditions and uncertaint..

Thermal oxidizing systems

Test your knowledge to improve your refinery’s safety and reliability

Integrated approach to materials management: a case study Table 3
Dey, P. K., University of The West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

  Table 3. Total improvement   ..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Inherently safer design The survey concerning inherently safer design (October 2001, p. 36) has been completed. There were 63 responses from 11 different countries, which included indus..

Heat Transfer

Understand FCCU heat integration
Chen, E., Foster Wheeler

New configuration minimizes capital cost in some applications

Management Guidelines

Why is it so difficult to combine experience and theory in business decisions?
Hartmann, J.C.M., Consultant

Investigate the root cause for conflict between expectations and the modeling system

Maintenance/Heat Transfer

Prevent fires in thermal oil heat transfer systems
Oetinger, J., Paratherm Corp.

Follow these selection, installation and maintenance guidelines


What is the optimum U.S. mogas sulfur content?
Latour, P. R., Clifftent Inc.

Simple algebraic optimization method provides the answer to this and other environmental and plant risk management questions