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Special Report: Gas Processing Developments
2006 Gas Processes Handbook
Overview of licensors and selected process descriptions
Using gas pipeline pressure to liquefy natural gas or generate electricity
This novel approach can save money and improve energy usage efficiency
Optimize energy consumption for LNG vaporization
New methods maximize heat transfer to regasify natural gas with minimum environmental impacts
Improve natural gas liquids recovery
Designing for temperature variations does impact operating costs and unit efficiencies
The design benefit method: Allocate joint costs among shared products
This accounting technique can provide more accurate results than traditional practices
Improve your annual report through maintenance cost control
It is possible to significantly better a firm's bottom line through reliability and maintenance. However, this has rarely been the reality and needs to change
Applying instrumented overpressure protection systems
Transient analysis is required to verify their effectiveness
Consider the generalized IMC-PID method for PID controller tuning of time-delay processes
This simple analytical method provides PID parameters to give a desired closed-loop response while available for any class of time-delay processes
Consider a practical approach to vacuum unit revamps
Here are some major operating issues to evaluate in the front-end design
Convert oil sands into distillate cost-effectively
New hydrocracking methods upgrades bitumen into low-sulfur diesel
Troubleshooting repetitive failure of a CO2 ompressor rotor
Here's how the plant personnel overcame the unique and complex problem of residual magnetism
HP Control: Choosing inferential modeling tools
Goel and Shah of Reliance Industries in India published a recent article, claiming that spreadsheet regression is the preferred choice for inferential modeling based on price considerations.1 Since co..
HP Reliability: Consider bidirectional flow devices for mechanical seals
Many dual mechanical seals found in centrifugal pumps use either pumping rings or pumping screws to move barrier fluid. Typical flowrates achieved with pumping rings are extremely low, with most of th..
HP Automation Safety: What about the valve?
For a long time, the focus of safety instrumented system design has been on the logic solver. For many, including myself, this started when I first heard about a "certified" safety programmable logic ..
HP Integration Strategies: The grandfather clause in the ISA safety standard extends installed SIS life
Interest in performing rigorous hazard and risk analysis and applying certified safety instrumented systems (SISs) has increased considerably since the publication of the IEC 61508 safety standard and..
HPIn Europe: Fat margins, large pay rises and a small cliché
In my November column, I asked if the good times will keep on rolling. And since then, they have. From what I could learn at the European Refining Technology Conference in Vienna, there's a year or tw..
Trends and Resources
HP Construction: HPImpact: Further developments in hydrogen fueling station technology
The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the State of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have signed an agreement to develop hydrogen fueling station technology. GTI is teaming with a Texa..
New CNG transport system validates prototype testing EnerSea Transport has completed a two-year comprehensive testing to confirm the functionality, operability and safety of its proprietary VORTANS co..
Software solution for the plant engineer AlarmAnalyst Process Suite is an interactive, graphical user interface software product. It claims to benchmark performance of plant operations. The default sc..
HP Construction: North America
ConocoPhillips is installing its proprietary S Zorb sulfur removal technology (SRT) at its Wood River, Illinois, refinery, representing the fourth company-owned site to utilize the gasoline desulfuriz..
HP Construction: South America
CB&I has a lump-sum contract to supply a natural gas processing plant in Malvinas, Peru, as part of an expansion for the Camisea gas project. The agreement is valued at more than $45 million. CB&I's c..
HP Construction: Europe
Lurgi AG, a GEA Group subsidiary, has five new contracts to build biodiesel plants in Germany. The orders are worth approximately €70 million in total. Two plants, which will be located in Rostoc..
HP Construction: Africa
Foster Wheeler South Africa (Pty.) Ltd., a Foster Wheeler Ltd. subsidiary, has an engineering, procurement and construction management contract with Sasol Technology (Pty.) Ltd. (Sastech). The agreeme..
HP Construction: Middle East
Fluor Corp. has a contract providing engineering, procurement and construction and commissioning services for the Habshan gas complex expansion project by Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd. (GASCO). Contra..
HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) will modify its ethylene plant at the Oita petrochemical complex to increase non-naphtha feedstock usage to a maximum of 50% of the total requirement. The non-naphtha feedstock,..
Stoppers and plugs for a range of pipe diameters In addition to its range of white nylon plugs for pipes of 0.5-in. to 6-in. diameter, the Pipestoppers Division of Huntingdon Fusion Techniqu..
HP Impact: HPIn Brief
Refinery upgrade investments in EU Eu..
HP Impact: HPImpact: High product demand poses challenges: an OPEC perspective
Key features of the global oil market were recently assessed by Mr. Mohammad Alipour-Jeddi, head of the Petroleum Market Analysis Department for OPEC. Presenting at a plenary session during ERTC's ann..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Global investment to reach $55 billion for LNG production
An estimated 35 active LNG production projects with a combined capital investment value of more than $50 billion are scheduled to begin production in the next five years, according to data from Indust..
HP Impact: HPImpact: EU Parliament passes REACH legislation, more review still necessary
In November, the European Parliament approved proposed chemicals regulations, known as REACH (which stands for registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals). The legislators made more than ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Worldwide DCS market to grow 6% through 2009
The Distributed Control Systems (DCS) market, primarily buoyed by growth in developing countries such as China and India and a slowdown in hardware price declines, has experienced healthy growth betwe..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Can process management programs actually discourage innovation?
Within many businesses, enthusiasm for process management programs such as Six Sigma, ISO 9000 or their predecessor Total Quality Management (TQM) runs strong after two decades. Yet Mary J. Benner, ma..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Price escalations: no signal of fundamental change, says analyst
An upcoming "oil price crash" is forecast by Michael C. Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research, Inc. Speaking at a recent Independent Petroleum Association of America meeting in Hous..
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