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Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems
Real-time performance measurement improves plant operations
The technology is saving Sasol more than $400,000 per year
Fault-tolerant control protects processes and products
The benefits include automatic recovery from faults, improved safety and prevention of severe product contamination
Predicting important parameters using artificial neural networks
Consider them for complex nonlinear processes
Redesign of a compressor antisurge control loop using dynamic simulation
The new design solved the two-phase flow problem
Maintenance and Reliability
Innovative approach solves CCR regenerator pinning problem
The root cause was regenerator gas blower oversizing
Better manage vacuum on gas systems
A systematic approach estimates optimum conditions to prevent air ingress for flares
Improve calculating cetane numbers
An empirical formula simplifies estimating cetane values for different diesel fuel specifications
HPIn Europe: Investing in biofuels? How many farms did you buy?
The early popularity of some biofuels in Europe has soured into a sense that they are wasteful of food resources. As long as biofuel investors continue to ignore how plants are grown on the farm, then..
HP Automation Safety: Value of failure data
A good instrumentation failure tracking system can provide many benefits; most are linked to saving money and to increasing plant performance. So, why isn't this common practice? Many companies in the..
HP Integration Strategies: Laboratory informatics' evolving role in the enterprise
Each day hydrocarbon processors perform hundreds of chemical analyses to ensure product quality, meet regulatory and safety standards, and, most importantly, minimize product quality giveaway. To keep..
Trends and Resources
Flue-gas analyzers for improved combustion efficiency Enhanced Rosemount Analytical X-STREAM oxygen analyzers are claimed to improve the efficiencies of large boilers and furnaces, and provide immed..
HP Associations: HPIn Associations
Rice University hosts the Rice Global E&C Forum People representing all facets of the engineering and construction business came together for a day..
HP Construction: North America
Technip has an agreement with Premcor Refining Group, Inc., for an engineering, procurement, construction and management contract for part of the $2.4 billion expansion of the Valero refinery locate..
HP Construction: South America
Franklin Oil and Gas plans to construct a gas-to-liquid processing plant capable of producing 20,000 bpd of diesel fuel, kerosene and other petroleum products in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The prov..
HP Construction: Europe
AB Maþeikiø Nafta has an agreement with Chevron Lummus Global for a new grassroots VGO hydroprocessing isocracking unit to be built in its refinery in Maþeikiai, Lithuania. An importan..
HP Construction: Middle East
Chevron Lummus Global has contracts with Saudi Aramco and Total S.A. to provide process technology for two hydrocracker units, with a total capacity of 120,000 bpsd, for the planned 400,000-bpd refi..
HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries Inc. LLP has selected LyondellBasell Industries' polyethylene and polypropylene technologies for three new plants that will have a combined capacity of 1,300 KT o..
Up-to-date flow technology information McCrometer's A–Z flowmeter literature CD showcases its applications and product-specification information in an easy-to-use format. U..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Tracking oil's geopolitical risks As the global energy market faces new challenges, Amy Myers Jaffe, with the James A. Baker III Institute for Publ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: US refiners increase capacity despite high oil costs, low margins
The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) recently released its annual US Refining and Storage Capacity Report. As of January 1, 2008, there were 150 operable refineries in the US (excl..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Spending in 2009 for equipment, materials to be up $7 billion
HPI spending for equipment and materials is forecast to exceed $104.1 billion worldwide in 2009. This is $7 billion more than was forecast for 2008. All three budgets: capital, maintenance and operati..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Business tool helps protect intellectual rights in China
China is a major trading partner for the EU and its biggest source of imports. Thus, more European companies are operating in the Chinese market. However, many are worried about intellectual property ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Robust commodities boost enterprise asset management outlook
A strong manufacturing sector with high demand for commodities and energy has permitted many companies to increase budgets for maintenance and capital expenditures. However, some remain cautious as e..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Study: Hard times ahead for biofuels infrastructure
Despite the emerging biofuels market, the creation of a global biofuels industry is forecast to be "much more difficult to achieve than originally thought," according to findings of a recent Accenture..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Automotive design drives new focus for chemicals makers
Trends emerging now in the automotive industry have the potential to bring significant change to several areas of automotive engineering, says James D. Eddy, Automotive Industry Manager of Zeon Chemic..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Optimizing input of construction needs in front end planning
A new decision-aid tool has been developed by a Construction Industry Institute (CII) research team to give capital project stakeholders a better means for evaluating specific items or project activit..
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Revisiting canned motor pumps When we received an interesting letter relating to canned motor pumps, we had already sent Dennis Fegan's article in the August issue ("Canned motor pumps make important..
Remembering Flixboro: part 1
At a recent gathering of over 500 reliability professionals in Texas, we invited questions from the audience. I was asked what I thought of installing flexible piping (or connectors) on centrifugal pu..
Improve refinery reformate yields
This refiner installed a hybrid catalytic reforming unit to raise octane of the gasoline blending pool
Improve speed and convergence of distillation column simulation
The proposed bounding method significantly improves performance
Process modeling and optimization strategies integrating neural networks and differential evolution
The technology was applied to an ethylene oxide reactor
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