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Special Report: Petrochemical Developments
Improve naphtha quality for olefins cracking
Integrating an economy-of-scale extraction unit can yield naphtha suitable for ethylene production
Methanol: a global review
The world of methanol is very complex; so what is the future of this commodity product?
Reduce revamp costs by optimizing design and operations
Combining process and equipment analysis with vendor solutions can minimize capital spending
Upgrade treatment operations for aromatics units
New catalytic pretreatment process removes troublesome olefinic materials, thus improving quality of aromatic streams
Optimize terephthaldehyde reactor operations
Korea's largest chemical company uses innovative modeling techniques to design high-performance reactors
Proactive automation maintenance cuts engineering hours, averts process problems
Some suppliers are automatically issuing control system updates and other important notifications
Gas Processing Developments
Explicit friction factor correlation for turbulent flow in rough pipe
A comparison of approximation methods shows which is more accurate over a wide range of Re values
Capture the long-term benefits of operator training simulators
Here are the prerequisites, pitfalls and vision for the future
HP Control: 'Don't give me more data; give me more knowledge!'
Any discussion of the use of plant operating data with management or operational staff will quickly spawn some variation on the above cliché--and the cliché is correct. The 1980s saw the evo..
HP Reliability: How reliability improvements save money
Equipment manufacturers and design contractors are often slow to adopt reliability upgrade and energy-conservation components in their standard offers. Fearful that buyers are making selections on low..
HP Integration Strategies: Automation change management risks and benefits
Competing in the process industries requires highly effective use of assets. An automation system is an essential ingredient of effective and profitable production operations. Most plants use a dispar..
HPIn Europe: Europe's Asian corridor builds a new downstream
The southeast of Europe can feel more or less impenetrable to an English speaker based in the snowy north, so I was pleased to bump into my old friend Ozren in Italy the other day. Ozren lives in Serb..
HPIn LNG: Rising global LNG production will likely cause a shift in petrochemical feedstocks
The impending rapid increase in the production and consumption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is widely recognized as a major factor that will affect the natural gas markets in many regions of the wor..
HP Water Management: Strategies to manage reliability of utility water systems - Part 2: Tools to improve operator competency
Employees are important contributors to maintaining systems reliability. The increasing complexity of process control systems and reduction in staffing levels demand better-educated and more proficien..
Trends and Resources
HP Impact: HPImpact: LNG sector growth changes traditional market shape
The liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the energy market and is expected to double between 2005 and 2010, delivering around 40% of global gas supply growth. A ..
Energy-efficient process upgrades bitumen OrCrude, owned by Ormat, is a proprietary process to upgrade bitumen and heavy oil into synthetic crude oil. As shown in Fig. 1, the process consists of three..
Software supports enterprise quality initiatives Version 8.0 of QI Analyst software's new enterprise-level quality management functions are said to enable proactive management of process variations in..
HP Construction: North America
Chevron Corp. received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build the proposed Casotte Landing regasification facility in Jackson County, Mississippi, adjacent to the Chevron Pasc..
HP Construction: Europe
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has a contract to provide conceptual engineering studies and owner engineering support for an extension of Gaz de France's (GDF's) liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal in..
HP Construction: Africa
Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. and Foster Wheeler (Nigeria) Ltd., in a joint venture with Chiyoda Corp., have a contract with Nigeria LNG Ltd. (NLNG) for the project specification, or front-end engineerin..
HP Construction: Middle East
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has a contract from Al Rajhi Petrochemical Group to provide front-end engineering services for a $50 million benzene recovery plant at Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The contra..
HP Construction: Asia Pacific
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., has an agreement with Thai Polypropylene Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd., to license its polypropylene (PP) manufacturing technology. This will ..
Heat exchangers improve biodiesel processing Tranter's line of all-welded plate heat exchangers claim to improve operations in high-capacity biodiesel plants. These gasketless units are compatible wi..
HP In Brief: HPInBrief April 2007
Examining role of ethanolBiofuels, especially ethanol, have gained strong interest in the transport..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Middle East: strong growth in distillate exports
The Middle East remains a global center of oil industry activity from the upstream to downstream. Exploration and development activities have received a major boost from the past few years of hi..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Analysis of emissions data is misleading, admonishes NPRA
The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) recently released a report critical of the refining industry that is based on a flawed assessment, according to the National Petrochemical & Refiners Associat..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Brisk capital project activity requiring smart procurement practices
Owner/operators are continuing to invest heavily in refining and petrochemical facilities. This level of activity is stretching the capabilities of suppliers and more than ever requires engineering co..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Commodity prices push developments in unconventionals
Tightening global oil supply and regional squeezing of gas supply coupled with demand growth have resulted in increasing interest in exploiting unconventional hydrocarbons. Analysts with Wood Mackenzi..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Global product supply and demand outlook from EIA
Cold weather and the resulting higher demand for heating fuels in the US reduced petroleum inventories (both crude and product) more than expected in February. Spot prices for crude oil and natural ga..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Meeting energy demand should be top of US agenda, says DOE
The demand for energy is rising rapidly and will continue to do so in the coming decades. US government projections are that by 2030 global energy consumption will grow over 50%, with 70% of that grow..
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Corrections In the February 2007 article "Optimize your hydrocracking operations," there was an error in Fig. 1. In the figure, the de-metalized oil (DMO) unit was misnamed as the coker. HP apologize..
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