November 2005


Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Improve process reliability and reduce emissions with sealless pumps
Koenig, P., Lau, D., Hermetic-Pumpen, GmbH; Zima, G., Slovnaft Refinery

Several successful applications were implemented at this refinery

Constructing and designing blast-resistant buildings
Gehring, G., MB Industries; Summers, P., MMI Engineering

New technology improves safety and reliability for this critical plant structure

Selecting instrumentation for safety instrumented system applications
Goble, W., exida LLC

Follow these guidelines for the most effective and economical installations

Update your sulfur management program
Nagl, G. J., Gas Technology Products Division, Merichem Chemical & Refinery Services LLC

Flexibility of liquid redox processing can optimize refinery sulfur handling

The foundation for safety excellence
Berger, S., Center for Chemical Process Safety

Twenty years ago, on December 3, 1984, water contaminated a tank of methyl isocyanate (MIC) in Bhopal, India, initiating a series of events that led to a catastrophic release of toxic MIC, ultimately ..

Consider remote-control methods for floating roof tanks
Savini, A., Spadaccini, A., API Raffineria di Ancona S.p.A.

Continuous online methods fine-tune safety and control operations for these storage tanks

Applying temperature-activated relief devices
Gollin, M., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.

Follow these system design and installation guidelines

Applying safety instrumented systems to raw natural gas complexes
Hood, A., ABB

Safety transmitters provide a higher level of protection than conventional instruments

Heat Transfer

Solving hydraulic problems in crude preheat train networks
Yahyaabadi, R., Esfahan Oil Refining Co.

Heat transfer and hydraulic problems need to be considered simultaneously

Plant Management

Operator ownership: myth or achievable reality?
Smith, K., KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.

Use these guidelines to transfer plant responsibilities and improve facility performance


HP Control: Dr. Pierre Latour's views on APC
Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

Pierre Latour has been a pillar in our advanced process control (APC) industry for as long as anyone can remember. His long and turbulent career started upon graduating from Purdue University with a P..

HP Reliability: Filtration and beta ratios
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Effective filtration of lubrication and hydraulic systems is of real importance to the reliability professional. The general idea is to allow no particles larger than the clearances in system componen..

New Developments

Paraffin wax and asphaltene modifier Nuritchem 508MM claims to modify paraffin wax by liquefaction at room temperature. It allows heavy petroleum paraffin waxes and asphaltenes to stay dissolved in..

HP Construction: Monitor cooling water quality – Part 1
Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Refineries and petrochemical plants use large volumes of water for indirect cooling. The cooling tower (Fig. 1) removes heat from water via evaporation and returns the water to the heat exchangers to ..

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

KBR completed engineering, procurement and construction for Innovene's Chocolate Bayou, Houston, Texas, facility and is now supplying startup and operations support services for a plant expansion. Usi..

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

Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (PETROBRAS), a Brazilian international energy company, has an agreement with the state-owned company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA). The companies will construc..

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

Koch Supply & Trading completed a project that expanded capacity at its Rotterdam, The Netherlands, refinery by more than 20%. It also increased production capability to allow flexible blend processin..

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

Foster Wheeler Italiana S.p.A., a Foster Wheeler Ltd. subsidiary, has a project management consultancy contract with Societe Anonyme Marocaine de l'Industrie de Raffinage (SAMIR). The agreement is for..

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

Aker Kvaerner has a contract with PetroChina International Co. Ltd., for the basic engineering design and supply of certain equipment for a new full-density polyethylene plant. The facility will be lo..

Free Literature

LNG compressor with unique sealing system For LNG ship transportation, a cryogenic receiving terminal is required at the port of destination. Exposure of materials to cry..

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

  Storms impact US output Following on the heels of Katri..


Middle East

KIM M. JACKSON, PROCESS EDITOR       Comments? Write: GE Energy has a..

New security procedures impacting global EH&S spending

WENDY WEIRAUCH, MANAGING EDITOR       Comments? Write: HP's annual Ma..

HPI plants limiting vulnerability to high fuel prices

WENDY WEIRAUCH, MANAGING EDITOR       Comments? Write: In the chemica..

Producer's viewpoint: petrochemicals outlook in a changing world

WENDY WEIRAUCH, MANAGING EDITOR       Comments? Write: The petrochemi..

Options to reduce greenhouse gases all possess downsides

WENDY WEIRAUCH, MANAGING EDITOR       Comments? Write: Any form of en..

Plastics Nobel winner worked on gut feeling

WENDY WEIRAUCH, MANAGING EDITOR       Comments? Write: The chemistry ..

Managing energy use for both profit and sustainability

WENDY WEIRAUCH, MANAGING EDITOR       Comments? Write: Thinking strat..

Switch strategies for the hydrocarbon industries

WIL CHIN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR       Comments? Write: ..

Will the good times keep on rolling?