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Special Report: Instruments and Networks
How well do you know your valve?
Improve control through a better understanding of its operation
Cyber security: Are your computer control systems safe from attack?
Performing a CSVA identifies vulnerabilities and needed security measures
From fieldbus to .NET: an overview of today's network-based automation technologies
Here's how they play together to improve plant and enterprise operations
Fieldbus: An enabling technology for today's competitive environment
Users report substantial operating, capital and maintenance costs savings
Engineering Case Histories
Case history: Revisit fundamentals for blending rules
Refiners use models to optimize operations, but are these models totally accurate?
Consider revamping hydrotreaters to handle higher H2 partial pressures
Most clean fuel programs will reuse existing equipment. A thorough review of pressure ratings can optimize design opportunities
Follow four steps to ensure optimized process plant design
The right outside resource combines industry and application expertise, high-performance equipment, and engineering and fabrication know-how
HP Control: Benefits of plant testing for multivariable controllers
The hydrocarbon processing industry uses multivariable controllers extensively as the workhorses to push constraints and maximize returns from process units. One very time-consuming and expensive phas..
HP Reliability: A 'hundred-plus points' to improve pump reliability
In the September 2003 issue of HP ("Letters to the Editor,") we had promised to provide reminders of "things being done" by users that consistently achieve high pump reliability. The point was made th..
HP Integration Strategies: Wireless connectivity attractive in the HPI
Although the benefits of wireless technologies are clear to everyone, there has been little consensus among users and suppliers on how to properly apply wireless technologies in the process industries..
HPIn Europe: Analysts reappraise oil company ratings
The situation in the European energy industry continues to show some fluidity, with several companies having their financial ratings reappraised. The news comes as Shell faces international concern ov..
Trends and Resources
Universal pipe gasket seals all process piping W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., claims to have developed a breakthrough in gasketing products for chemical process piping. New GORE Universal Pipe Gaske..
Chelates joint venture Akzo Nobel and BASF are forming a 50/50 joint venture (JV) to produce chelates in North America. The agreement, subject to closing, is scheduled to be effective first-quarter ..
Remote equipment-monitoring and control New remote equipment-monitoring and control application package, eCUBE, runs on STARDOM network-based control systems. STARDOM is claimed to offer reliability..
HP Construction: North America
ConocoPhillipslicensed its reduced volatility alkylation process (ReVAP) technology to Valero Energy Corp. It will be used at Valero's 140,000 bpd refinery in Wilmington, California. The license will ..
HP Construction: South America
SKFand Petróleo Brasileiro S/A (Petrobras) have a four-year contract by which SKF Reliability Systems will provide a predictive maintenance (PdM) program for keeping very deep oil wells on offsho..
HP Construction: Europe
Aker Kvaerner Engineering and Technology(AK E&T) has a contract to perform engineering services for Gassco AS. The agreement's duration is three years with a possible extension of up to four additiona..
HP Construction: Middle East
Uhde GmbH, Dortmund, Germany, has contracts for two fertilizer complexes located in Egypt. The agreements are with the Egyptian Fertilizer Co. (EFC) and Alexandria Fertilizer Co. (AlexFert) for turnke..
HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Fluor Corp., Aliso Viejo, California, has an agreement with Sinopec Ningbo Engineering Co. (SNEC), a China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. (Sinopec Corp.) subsidiary, to provide operations and maintenanc..
Valve automation solutions Metso Automation's new six-page, full-color brochure details Jamesbury valve automation solutions. By replacing manually actuated on/off valves wi..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
LNG demand stirs market investments Liquefied natural g..
HP Impact: Owner/operators double their investments in plant design software
Issues of data migration, operations and maintenance integration, and data hand-off continue to vex even the most forward-thinking corporations. To combat some of these problems, owner/ operators are ..
HP Impact: US pump prices rise, but 'real' costs to consumer have declined
The US average retail price of regular-grade gasoline increased by 3.5 cents/gal in mid-January. The nationwide average retail price (including taxes) for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline was $1.60,..
HP Impact: Many HPI firms post record 2003 earnings
For US-based refiners, 2003 is providing better than expected margins in the third and fourth quarters. Several factors have contributed to these healthy gains over 2002 numbers. A continuing robust r..
HP Impact: Japan diversifying its energy sources
Japan's energy plan, announced in fourth quarter 2003, emphasizes that the nation will further diversify energy sources for greater supply security, while the core will continue to rely on nuclear ene..
HP Impact: Global ECCs adopt self-regulation to counter corruption
In a move to combat global corruption within their own industry, 19 leading international engineering and construction companies (ECCs) have developed a set of business principles for countering bribe..
HP Impact: China's process automation market to exceed 15% growth
China is witnessing massive investments in new projects and plant upgrades in almost all process industry segments. The country is emerging as a destination of choice for global manufacturers. The d..
HP Impact: Emissions rules pushing demand for flue gas desulfurization systems
The Interstate Air Quality rule just proposed by EPA will ensure a big market for flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems. Demand for these systems will rise to $7 billion/yr in the US by 2007, predict..
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