February 2009


Special Report: Clean Fuels

Advances in delayed coking heat transfer equipment

Designs are evolving to meet changing process needs, while improving the onstream factor and extending run-length

Measuring total hydrocarbon and H2S in amine acid gas streams
Harris, K., Hauer, R., AMETEK Process Instruments

Gas analyzer uses both ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy

Why integrate refineries and petrochemical plants?
Kapur, S., Menegaz, D., Rajguru, A., Fluor Corp.; Vaidyanathan, S., Fluor Enterprises, Inc.

Shifting trends in feedstocks and products create 'win-win' opportunities for hydrocarbon processing facilities

Improve hydrogen management of your refinery
Luckwal, K., Mandal, K. K., Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.

A novel approach economically recovers plant gases

Consider new technology to produce renewable diesel
Egeberg, R., Hoygaard Michaelsen, N., Haldor Topsoe; Nystrom, S., Preem AB

New methodology yields 'green' fuel from nonfood-based feedstock

How to meet ultra-low sulfur requirements for gasoline
Garcia, R., Monero, M., Tola, I., CEPSA; Vizcaino, J. L., CEPSA, Process Engineering

This European refiner had to reconfigure pentane stream operations to comply with 2009 fuel specifications

Improve operations of your Claus unit
ZareNezhad, B., Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Semnan University

New maintenance and operating procedures extend efficiency and service of sulfur recovery catalysts

Renewable energy solutions for an energy hungry world
Luce, G. W., Terrabon, L.L.C.

Biofuels can compete in a low-priced oil market

Bonus Report: Rotating Equipment

Noncontacting seals: a proven technology for handling hydrocarbon fluids
Goodenberger, B., John Crane Inc.

They offer improved reliability and energy efficiency

Precision face topography improves seal performance
Parker, J., Flowserve Corp.

Applied technology can minimize heat generation without sacrificing leakage

Reconciling requirements in API-682 dual-seal design configurations
Smith, R., AESSEAL plc

Here are the options for proper seal face cooling


HP Reliability: Modern blowers can be reliable
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

If you have ever had to struggle with unreliable blowers, you are not alone. Blowers are low-pressure machines with typical differential pressures of five to 20 psi (roughly 0.3 to 1.3 bar). Whether i..

HP Water Management: Cost-cutting in water utilities
Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

The decline in the price for crude and finished products, especially transportation fuels, has reduced profitability for many refiners. In response to the harsh economic environment, many refineries h..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Comparing Turbines My question refers to comparing API 611 type turbines to the integrally geared overhung turbines manufactured by German legacy manufacturer Kuehnle-Kopp-Kausch. The old brand (KKK)..

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

Black & Veatch and its consortium partners will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the Jordan Cove Energy Project, a proposed new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import ..

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

INEOS Technologies has signed two INEOS polyethylene technology licenses with newly formed Polimérica S.A. (a joint venture between Pequiven and Braskem). These plants will form part of Polim..

HP Construction: Europe
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Delamine is progressing with a capacity expansion at its Delfzijl plant in the Netherlands which will eventually create (according to Delamine) one of the largest single (EDC-based) ethylene amines p..

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

    The Linde Group and its consortium partner Samsung Engineering, Korea, have a contract to build a turnkey ethylene plant in Dahej, India. The plant has been commissioned by OP..

HP Construction: Africa
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Dresser Masoneilan has a contract with Bechtel's Oil, Gas & Chemicals global business unit to provide control valves for the Angola liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Bechtel holds the engineering,..

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

Economy and petrochemicals The petrochemical industry has found that rapidly falling crude oil prices can be even more dangerous than the escalatin..

HP In Brief: HPImpact: Report: US refining needs a tune-up to meet global product demand
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A new analysis scrutinizes the underlying trends in the US refining and marketing sectors. EPRINC produced the report in response to interest among policymakers on the capability of the US refining in..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Viable coal-to-liquids fuel production calls for government spark
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US government can spur the creation of a commercially competitive coal-to-liquids industry by fostering early development of plants that would produce transportation fuels from coal, according to ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Robust growth for India's DCS market forecast to continue
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Process manufacturing industries are core to the development of India's economy, and there is no let up seen in efforts to advance grassroots projects or expansions that are underway. Newer projects a..