Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

September 2004


Special Report: Refining Developments

Consider an integrated execution methodology for your next project
Aker Kvaerner Austrailia: Mead, R.  |  Sedgwick, H.  |  van Soest, S.

Two major refiners used a new project approach for their Clean Fuels Projects that ensured a quality, and timely, startup while minimizing expenses

Consider retrofits to handle high-viscosity crudes
Process Consulting Services, Inc.: Barletta, T.
ConocoPhillips: Kurzym, K. J.

Refiners must fine-tune crude unit process design and energy balance to process a heavy feedslate

Fine-tune your delayed coker: obstacles and objectives
Foster Wheeler USA Corp.: Elliott, J. D.

Practical guidelines assist debottlenecking coker operations to increase unit capacity and provide more processing flexibility

Re-invent fluid catalytic cracking
Petrobras: Azevedo, F.  |  Chamberlain, O.  |  Henz. H.
Akzo Nobel Catalysts: O'Connor, P.

Innovative technologies and catalysts are changing the role FCC is used to yield cleaner transportation fuels

Heat Transfer/Piping

Calculating temperature profiles of critical pipe supports
Reliance Refinery: Saha, S.  |  Soni, R. K.

This method gives more accurate nozzle loads for strain-sensitive equipment


Preferential corrosion of welds in HF service
Capstone Engineering Services, Inc: Mayorga, A.  |  Munsterman, T.

A high content of residual elements was the suspected cause

Refining Developments

Optimize profitability when blending diesel
Baker Petrolite: McDonald, J. R.

Consider using improved cetane prediction equations that can enhance your bottom line

Risk Management

What to look for in a project feasibility study - Part 2
Dynalytics Corp.: Cooper, H. W.
Hudson Strategic Partners, Inc.: Ebin, L. A.

Here's how to judge the strengths and weaknesses of its technical and economic content


HP Control: Establish software licensing guidelines
HP Editorial Staff: Gooch, J.

When buying software, you are typically NOT buying the software; instead, you are buying a license to run the software. A software license is a legal contract between the software owner (the ?licensor..

HP Reliability: Destructive force of water hammer
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Transient forces such as water hammer from sudden valve closure can produce large pressure spikes in the piping system. This can cause severe damage to the piping and any attached equipment, such as p..

HP Integration Strategies: Time to rethink process plant roles and responsibilities
ARC Advisory Group: Woll, D.

Over the past five years, US productivity has increased an average of 3.5% annually, topping at 5.5% in 2003. This productivity is primarily the result of cost cutting, including eliminating over 11% ..

HPIn Europe: Reregulators want the reins back
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

After a decade of undeniable market liberalization, it's claimed that industry in Europe is entering a new era. It will be a time of reregulation and, if you're in the EU, it's coming to a legislature..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Kane, L.  |  Romanow, Stephany

Catalytic hydrocracking process converts heavy materials The Genoil Hydroconversion Upgrader (GHU) is a new catalytic hydrocracking development that is claimed to improve the economics for upgrading..

New Developments
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Kane, L.  |  Romanow, Stephany  |  Meche, Helen

Ten-year illuminator for gage glass New Jerguson Flat-Glass LED Illuminator backlighting unit for transparent level gages is said to provide brilliant process-level illumination and a maintenance-fr..

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

USFilter provided Navajo Refining Co.'s refinery in Artesia, New Mexico, with API oil/water separators, granular activated carbon adsorber systems, multi-media filters and packed bed softeners. This w..

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

Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business unit, has a $32 million contract with Petrobras to upgrade metering technology aboard nine floating production units. The automation project is to impro..

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

Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. (FWEL), a Foster Wheeler Ltd. subsidiary, has a new alliance contract with Shell UK Oil Products Ltd. The agreement is for basic design, engineering, procurement and constru..

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

Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. (FWEL), a Foster Wheeler Ltd. subsidiary, has a program management services contract with Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC). The agreement is for a new grassroots petroch..

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

Foster Wheeler Ltd. (England) has a project management consultancy contract with Hyundai Oilbank Co., Ltd. (HDO). The agreement is for a $200 million clean fuels upgrade project for the Hyundai Oilban..

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

  Industry spending to exceed $169 billion This year's fi..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Shifting Middle East demand patterns impact product markets
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The Middle East continues to be the center of activity in the world petroleum market, with developments in oil, gas and condensate production, continued growth in product demand, and a lasting program..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Natural gas prices forecast to fall as supply comes online
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Third-quarter natural gas prices at Henry Hub are forecast to average $5.86 MMBtu. Management consulting and engineering firm R.W. Beck has updated its forecast by $0.50/MMBtu due to "the unexpected i..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Study assesses health of Asian ECCs
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Robust economic and infrastructure changes in Asian nations are being intensively scrutinized by industry analysts. More efficient means of transportation, high-speed transfer of capital funds, the re..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Innovative proposal for financing clean coal technology
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A new financing proposal from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government could make clean coal technology commercially viable in the US. The plan would bring together the federal government, public util..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Who managers listen to when innovating
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Every year, the European Commission carries out an opinion poll among European Union business managers. The object is to seek their views on their own companies' performance in the innovation stakes. ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: To offshore or not to offshore?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

For most manufacturers and knowledge providers, offshoring is a perplexing decision. You must cut costs to remain economically viable, but you're just not sure if moving offshore is right for you. You..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Safety systems market to grow 7%/yr to 2008
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The safety systems and critical control system market, a $650-million sector in 2003, will grow to over $900 million in 2008 – a 7%/yr growth rate. A new global outlook from ARC Advisory Group (w..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Profitability of process optimization Overall, I agree with the contents of the article "Assessing profitability of real-time optimization" (June 2004). However, two factors missing from the disc..


In Memoriam

In Memory: Greg Hudman Gulf Publishing Company has suffered the tragic loss of Greg Hudman, our Director of Technology and Manufacturing, whose battle with pancreatic ..

Behavior of dry-running piston rod sealing systems in crosshead compressors
Burckhardt Compression AG: Feistel, N.
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg: Vetter, G.

Various designs and materials were investigated

Free Literature

Simplified flow and level measurement FCI's CD catalog release 8.0 is filled with thermal and coriolis mass-flow instrumentation product data and case studies based on it..

Improve FCC yields to meet changing environment – Part 1

Consider new technologies that reduce gas make while minimizing product losses from catalytic cracking operations

Ramp up LP models with audits and transparent reporting methods

Use management surveys to close the gap between LP theory and practical business decisions