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

April 2009


Special Report: Achema 2009/ Petrochemical Developments

Lead or get out of the way
Alon USA: Morris, J. D.

We do have choices in shaping our future energy market

Improve product ethylene separation
Nova Chemicals (Canada) Ltd.: Bernard, A.
Shell Global Solutions: de Villiers, W.
Sulzer Chemtech USA, Inc.: Summers, D. R.

New high-capacity trays enable retrofitting existing splitter superfractionator to expand unit capacity and conserve energy

Update catalyst technology for syngas production
Engro Chemicals Pakistan: Khalid, W.

Changes in bed support maintain lower pressure drop across shift reactor in ammonia processes

Reevaluate your process safety systems for hazardous material storage
Special Secretary to Government of Kerala, and Chairman, Chemical Engineering Division Board of the Institution of Engineers: Nair, M. P. Sukumaran

How safe is 'safe enough' when it comes to managing potentially risky processes in chemical plants?

Asset Management

Transforming refining best practices with 3D virtual models
INOVx Solutions: Lanza, C.
Chevron Global Manufacturing: Renner, K. M.

The technology, from laser scanning to management of change, is mature, functional, cost-effective and proven

Computer Technology/Piping

Computational fluid dynamics simulation of solid–liquid slurry flow
National Institute of Technology: Ghanta, K. C.  |  Lahiri, S. K.

The resulting model's predictions showed reasonably good agreement with the experimental data

Engineering Case Histories

Case 49: Isolating foundations from machinery vibrating forces
Consulting Engineer: Sofronas, A.

Vibration can be detrimental to nearby equipment

Maintenance and Reliability

Extreme failure analysis: never again a repeat failure
Flint Hills Resources, L.P.: Bloch, K.

Apply root-cause failure analysis to recurring reliability problems


Apply new trends for safety-instrumented systems
ICS Triplex, a Rockwell Automation Company: Gruhn, P.

Take a closer look at advancements for emergency shutdown designs

Rethink your overpressure systems
Petrofac Engineering & Constructions: Rahimi Mofrad, S.

Consider multiple relief valve designs

Maximize uptime for sulfur testing
Thermo Fisher Scientific: Van der Windt, R.  |  Van Strien, A.

New analyzer determines trace level amounts quickly


Singapore–A global energy and chemical hub

Julian Ho, Executive Director, Energy, Chemicals and Engineering Services, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)       Comments? Wr..

ACHEMA 2009: A Special Report

        Comments? Write:editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Globalization is a world-spanning integration process that impacts..

Middle East

Oversupply in the olefin market?

United States





HP Reliability: Pump suction strainer issues
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Does your process piping have strainers located just upstream of the pump suction nozzles? Perhaps you are using them to protect pumps from unintended ingestion of tower packing, nuts, bolts and other..

HP Automation Safety: Are you the designated jailee?
exida LLC: Goble, W.

In a popular European industry newsletter, I spotted an unsettling story—"Criminal proceedings have been commenced against Total UK Ltd., Hertfordshire Oil Storage Ltd., British Pipeline Agency L..

HP Integration Strategies: Reducing cost through an integrated approach to power and automation
ARC Advisory Group: O'Brien, L.

Industry is the number one power consumer, yet, as a whole, it has a remarkably poor sense of how much power is being used at different times across manufacturing processes. In the HPI, many potential..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Past Letters to the Editor:   March | February  Give and take on molecular sieves I have read with interest the article, "Estimating water adsorption isotherms," in the Janu..

HP Innovations

New process produces methanol from waste Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company for the University of Oxford, has announced that researchers in the school's chemistry department have discove..

HP Associations: Association news in brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Aker Solutions manager wins award in India Pothen Paul, Aker Solutions' India country manager, has been named the "business leader of the year for ..

HP Construction: North America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

 Lignol Energy Corp. recently provided an operational update on its fully integrated industrial-scale bio-refinery pilot plant in Burnaby, British Columbia. Construction of the pilot plant comme..

HP Construction: South America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

 Foster Wheeler Iberia, S.A.U., has a contract with YPF, S.A. to provide the basic design package for the new fractionation unit and gas plant for the new delayed coking unit at the La Plata ref..

HP Construction: Europe
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

 Fluor Corp. has an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for Galp Energia's Porto refinery conversion project in Portugal. Fluor began the front-end engineering and design (F..

HP Construction: Middle East
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

 Technip has a €20 million plus contract with State Co. Oil Project (SCOP) for the front-end engineering design (FEED) of a new refinery to be built in Karbala, Iraq. The refinery will have..

HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

     Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. and Foster Wheeler (G.B.) Ltd. have a contract with Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOCL) for a grassroots refinery in Paradip, Orissa, India. Foster Wheele..

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

Harnessing social networking Shell faces similar business challenges as its peers in the oil and gas industry, says Mike Hinkle, lead IT architect ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Economy, capacity additions pressure polyolefins markets
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The first half of 2008 saw polyolefins prices rising to record highs as industry supply and demand balances enabled producers to pass through extraordinary feedstock prices. In contrast, second-half 2..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Asia's thirst for oil likely to swell again, but when?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Over the past decade, Asian demand growth has been a critical driver of the global oil market—typically accounting for about 40% to 50% of global incremental demand. In 2003–2004, a surge in..

HP Impact: HPImpact: EPA chemicals oversight questioned in new GAO report
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) assessment and control of toxic chemicals has been added to a "high-risk" category on a newly updated government report. Biennially, the US Government Accou..




CO2 constraints 'may be the best news for Shell'—CEO

TIM LLOYD WRIGHT, European Editor    Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com As the voluminous correspondence on climate change sparked by E..



India - A polyolefin perspective