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

May 2006


Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Identifying, monitoring and eliminating rotating equipment shaft voltages
Consulting Engineer: Bothwell, J.

Use these guidelines to avoid problems with both static charges and circulating currents

Maximize pump system energy savings
Consultant: Budris, A. R.

The approach saved $2 million per year at one site

Labyrinth compressors improve reliability in low-temperature service
Burckhardt Compression AG: Ernst, P.

Operating experience has been good in several installations

Money-based overall equipment effectiveness
University of Mondragon: Goti, A.
Mantecnologia, Plant Engineering: Juric, Z.
Polytechnich University of Valencia, Department of Statistics and Operational Research: Sanchez, A.

Use this method to identify, prioritize and quantify inefficiencies


Estimate equilibrium flash vaporization curves accurately
Jordan Petroleum Refinery Co.: Dokhkan, A.

A computer program simplifies methods of true boiling point curves in design applications

Process Safety

The evolution of a modern software system
Curtiss Wright Flow Control Corp.: Imes, I. E.

How Web-based software applies to process safety management

Is 'junk science' invading accident prevention programs?
BakerRisk: Philley, J.

Questionable practices may jeopardize plant performance

Refining Developments

Resid hydrocracker produces low-sulfur diesel from difficult feeds
Axens: Gragnani, A.
PKN Orlen SA: Putek, S.

A European refiner applies new processing technology to convert highly refractory vacuum resid into quality distillates

Heat Transfer

Optimizing O2 levels in fired heaters
Petro-Canada: Patel, S.

Here's the procedure this plant used to reduce fuel consumption and emissions


HP Reliability: Tackling your seal problems
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

A recent pump reliability improvement issue might serve as a model for tackling sealing issues in modern refineries. This one concerns crude vacuum bottoms pumps and explains a North American refinery..

HP Automation Safety: Who or what is TÜV?
exida LLC: Goble, W.

As most individuals involved with automation/ safety systems, I have a few questions: Who is TÜV? What does this name mean? Why is TÜV mostly associated with functional safety certificates f..

HP Integration Strategies: Certified SIS devices increase safety and reduce TCO
ARC Advisory Group: Chin, W.

Keeping plants safe requires huge investments in safety instrumented systems (SISs) while balancing the high cost of regulatory compliance. Because of the uniqueness of plant equipment, processes and ..

HPIn Europe: Thorny issue: where long-distance gas comes ashor
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Wright, Tim L.

In the case of the little campaign group versus the parties to the world's biggest hydrocarbon deal, it seems as if the positions are irreconcilable. The UK Court of Appeal disagrees. Last week, as I ..

HP Innovations

 Fig. 1     Total nitrogen/ phosphorus analyzer is claimed to be easy to handle and simple to maintain. Total nitrogen, ..

New Developments

Transmitters for intrinsic safety environments CorrTran corrosion-detection transmitters are now available for intrinsically safe (IS) application. Isolation barriers work in concert with CorrTran to ..

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

Emerson Process Management is the main automation contractor (MAC) for the Altamira LNG Regasification Terminal, under construction near Tampico, Mexico. Emerson will provide automation systems and se..

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

Yara Sluiskil B.V. is replacing a gas turbine at its fertilizer plant in Sluiskil, The Netherlands, with an MS5002E (Frame 5-2E) gas turbine from GE's Oil & Gas business. Operating in a cogeneration m..

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

Carbon Projektentwicklung GmbH, Austria, is commissioning Uhde to design and construct a turnkey tail gas treatment unit for Abu Qir Fertilizer Co. in Egypt. The contract includes the plant license, e..

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

Foster Wheeler Ltd. Global Power Group subsidiaries have a contract with a unit of the China National Petrochemical Corp. (SINOPEC) to supply two 75 MW circulating fluidized-bed boilers. The boilers w..

Free Literature

Gas detecting and monitoring equipment A new 74-page catalog, Gas Detecting and Monitoring Equipment, Vol. 5, from Industrial Scientific Corp., features the company's full line of portable a..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Petrochemicals: most chains' earnings are peaking, but healthy
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Earnings across the basic chemicals and plastics industry generally will be on the upside in 2006, although certain segments have already retracted from up-cycle peaks, according to an annual outlook ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Downstream investments projected to be robust through 2010
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Worldwide investment in refining will increase significantly in the next decade. Historically, capital spending in the US refining industry was generally in the $3 billion to $4 billion/yr range betwe..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Initial $60/ton premium forecast for new marine low-emissions zone
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Bunker fuel traders in the region affected by the world's first Sulfur Oxide Emission Control Area (SECA) – that is, Europe's North Sea – are concerned that fuel supplies are inadequate ahea..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Enacting plant security standards in US 'likely stalled' for 2006
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Despite hundreds of millions being spent by HPI plant owners to "harden" their sites over the last several years, the expenditures are mostly limited to the largest producers and not always the most v..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Plant design software market forecast to grow 11% in 2006
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Partly as a result of robust demand for oil and other forms of energy, process and power owner/ operators and EPC firms are projected to step up their investments in IT solutions that enable the quick..


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