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

January 2005


Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Achieving world-class operating performance
Black & Veatch: Price, B. C.

Apply appropriate reliability and operating improvement techniques in an integrated process to match plant capabilities

Improve energy recovery in gas processing plants using an HPT
Pump Engineering, Inc.: Oklejas, M.
Duke Energy: Stidham, K.
Best Equipment: Weidman, M.

Utilizing this innovative technology can help realize substantial savings

Consider CFD modeling to improve reactor design for synthesis gas production
University of Applied Sciences: May, H.-O.

Advancements in computational fluid methods simulate dynamics and reactions for autothermal reformers

Achieving operational excellence in gas plants
Nexus Solutions: Stout, J.
Nexus Solutions, Inc.: Schavey, L.
Polaris Veritas, Inc.: Price, B. M.

Real-time performance diagnostics provide substantial benefits

Enhance returns on processing plant investments
CB&I Howe Baker: Belhateche, N.  |  Dirmeier, R.  |  Lyons, D.

Working with an experienced contractor can uncover additional benefits when upgrading an existing unit

Costs Estimating

What to do when you have gas
SLS Partners Inc.: Leveen, L.

Here's an analysis of the economic and environmental benefits to be gained from not simply flaring or venting natural gas


Fine-tune SCR operations
Vector Systems Inc.: Divinia, D.

Improving the quality of aqueous ammonia can reduce maintenance and raise reliability for pollutant-abatement system


Avoid these mistakes when installing a flare flowmeter
Mustang Engineers, LP: Shah, G. C.

New environmental regulations mandate reporting mass rates for hazardous compounds at flares. Apply these common sense guidelines and streamline meter selection

Maintenance and Reliability

Why even first-quartile plants can lose profitability
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Benchmarking is not a substitute for a competent reliability professional

Rotating Equipment/Reliability

Use gas conditioning to improve compressor gas seal life
John Crane Inc.: Delrahim, K.

Here's how to ensure a continuous supply of clean and dry buffer gas


HP Control: Has the advanced process control industry completely collapsed?
Petrocontrol: Friedman, Y. Z.

I stopped writing   editorials for a while because people were uncomfortable reading them. But I have finally decided against burying my head in sand. We ? control engineers ? should discu..

HP Reliability: Consider dry gas seals for centrifugal compressors
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

For over five decades, centrifugal compressors have benefited from mechanical field technology. The early compressors of the 1950s often struggled with cumbersome labyrinth sealing and gas eductor arr..

HPIn Europe: Opportunity and resolution for the year ahead
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

During the holiday season, I asked a few people what their goals in the year ahead were. It was a haphazard kind of poll. But, interestingly, each answer points to an area of significant new business ..

HP Automation Safety: Separation between control and safety
exida LLC: Goble, W.

It is pleasure to see that the new ANSI/ISA 84.00.01-2004 (IEC 61511+) standard has been issued. It replaces the now obsolete ISA 84.01-1996. This standard is word-for-word identical to IEC 61511 exce..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

LNG vaporization process reduces emissions up to 90% Mustang Engineering's midstream group has developed an air exchange vaporization process that is claimed to efficiently and economically regas..

New Developments

Easy-to-operate modular control system The Regulus, a programmable logic controller-based modular control system, is said to temper leading technology with ease of use. Plant services can monitor..

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

CB&I has a lump-sum, turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract with Frontier El Dorado Refining Co. (Frontier). It will design and build a 24,000 bpsd ultra-low sulfur diesel hydrot..

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

KBR has a license for a second catalyst cooler for Petrobras' residual fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at its Capuava (RECAP) refinery in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The catalyst cooler installations pro..

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

CB&I has a lump-sum turnkey contract valued at between $725 and $750 million for Phase 1 of a grassroots liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, UK. The facility will be..

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

Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd., a Foster Wheeler Ltd. subsidiary, has a project management services contract with Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) for its acetyls complex to be built at J..

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

Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Co. Ltd. has started up what is claimed to be the world's largest single train plant that uses LP Oxo low pressure oxo alcohols process technology. The new plant in Zibo C..

Free Literature

Flame-and-gas detection solutions MSA Instrument Division's new bulletin, "MSA Flame-and-Gas Detection for the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industries," highlights its permanent and portable instru..

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

  Europe's refining future Oil demand growth in Europe's ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Europe's market for premium fuels grows
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

New EU motor fuels and their impact on refiners and the supply chain was the topic of an analysis by Walter Pfeiffer with Accenture Kronberg. Speaking at the recent ERTC meeting in Prague, he offere..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Politics, perceptions keep oil prices high
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Market speculators have kept oil prices high, but energy analyst Amy Myers Jaffe, a researcher with Rice University, Houston, expects a "more bearish outlook" for 2005. Speaking at a recent engineer..

HP Impact: HPImpact: ASEAN, China join to form largest free-trade region
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

China has moved to expand its influence in a region long dominated by the US, signing an accord with Southeast Asian nations. The agreement aims to create the world's largest free trade area by 2010..

HP Impact: HPImpact: NPRA: MTBE ban impacts supply chain, causes price escalations
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The National Petrochemicals and Refiners Association (NPRA) continues to stress the importance of balancing a supply-oriented fuels policy with continued environmental progress. Testifying before..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Fewer NA project cancellations, delays expected in 2005
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The North American chemical processing industry saw a small decline in projects put on hold or canceled in 2004. Expectations are that trend will continue in 2005. In 2004, market research from I..

HP Impact: HPImpact: US specialty fuel additives demand to jump 6%/year
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A new outlook forecasts that US gasoline and other fuel additive demand will become an $8.4-billion market in 2008. Volume will decline slightly to 38 billion pounds. This is the result of the ongoi..


Optimize plant energy usage to improve your bottom line
DGC Consulting Ltd.: Colley, D. G.
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary: Svreck, W. Y.  |  Young, B. R.

Eco-benchmarking and modeling can help with operational efficiency