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Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability
Maintaining reliable engineered air
Consider these factors to ensure a continuous supply
Model-based predictive control increases batch reactor production
Better dynamic control of the temperature in an exothermic chemical reactor allows increasing the injection of reactants
Maintenance and Reliability
Centrifugal pump selection and upgrading for revised operating conditions
Consider these options to reduce capital, energy and maintenance costs
Consider oxygen monitoring systems designed for safety and reliability
Programmable automation controllers can give added performance
Improved scrubbing methods control pollutants from FCCUs
A major European refiner installed an advanced wet scrubbing unit to reduce SO2 emissions
Optimize process operation with new vacuum distillation methods
Advanced fluid dynamics modeling fine-tunes vacuum separations that improve products' qualities and increase unit reliability
HP Control: Part 1 – What is advanced process control?
A stream of e-mail that followed my January and February editorials1,2 has convinced me that an advanced process control (APC) tutorial would be beneficial. First, a conceptual discussion: What does..
HP Reliability: Buy from knowledgeable, cooperative pump vendors
Selecting from among the many pump manufacturers may be tricky. That said, picking the right bidders may well be an important prerequisite for choosing the best pump. Three principal characteristics i..
HP Integration Strategies: Collaboration between IT and operations leverages common technology and enhances performance
For years, there has been a schism between IT departments and operations. This divide is a product of the different needs and uses of IT in the business and manufacturing environments, along with the ..
HPIn Europe: Biodiesel new builds and a green superfuel
Greenergy will go ahead and build its first biodiesel plant in the Humber Estuary in the UK, near the ConocoPhillips refinery. Greenergy may be a seasoned "early bird" in new fuels, but it certainly w..
Trends and Resources
HP Innovations: HPInnovations
First seal designed expressly for oil mist applications A US West Coast consulting engineer estimated that over 50% of all US refineries are using oil mist. Oil-mist lubrication is a key part of an ..
Comprehensive simulation solution for processing plants The UniSim simulation solution, a family of software and engineering services, claims to improve performance throughout a processing plant's ..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: North America
Valero Energy Corp. has selected UOP hydroprocessing technologies to produce ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) at its St. Charles, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas, refineries, plus treated FCC feed at the ..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: South America
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) and Axens finalized license agreements for 10 Prime-G+ units to be installed in eight refineries: Cubatão, Duque de Caxias, Araucaria, Betim, Porto Alegre, Pa..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: Europe
CB&I has a lump-sum turnkey contract with South Hook LNG Terminal Co. for Phase II of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal to be built near Milford Haven, Wales, UK. Phase II is valued in..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: Middle East
Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell have a heads of agreement (HOA) to develop a large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) project located in Ras Laffan City, Qatar. The project is called Qatargas 4, and is ..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: Asia-Pacific
Foster Wheeler (WA) Pty Ltd., a Foster Wheeler Ltd. Subsidiary, in a joint venture with WorleyParsons Services Pty Ltd., has a letter of intent (LOI) from Woodside Energy Ltd. The agreement is for the..
Specialty gas and equipment Catalog from Airgas, Inc., provides details about its specialty gases and equipment. It includes guidelines for specifying, measuring and managing gases for various appl..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
LNG spending to surge The LNG business is poised for a ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Petrochemicals: profile of market recovery
Despite staggering blows, the global economy has held together and is growing at sustainable rates. Consequently, the industry is in a welcome period of excess capacity absorption. This translates int..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Ethylene industry rebounding from low profitability period
Global ethylene demand grew over 5% in 2004. Ethylene unit utilization in all regions increased significantly, and prices in all regions were sustained at historically high levels. Profitability impro..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Canadian crude to move increasingly southbound
Western Canadian crude production has been growing steadily. Incremental Canadian crude production is expected to be predominately the heavy sour crude grades, with a significant contribution from swe..
HP Impact: HPImpact: North American gas, power outlook
One of the most important physical changes in the global energy industry over the past decade has been the rapid growth of natural gas markets. This has been primarily driven by gas-fired power genera..
HP Impact: HPImpact: HPI in Asia-Pacific sees shifts in import, export roles
Asia is clearly the focal point for the future growth of demand in the chemical, fiber and plastics industries. It has a substantial population that is forecast to increase in purchasing power, and a ..
Understanding microbiologically influenced corrosion
LORAINE A. HUCHLER, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com ..
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