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Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability
What's new in vertical enclosed shaft-driven sump pumps
Advanced designs incorporate axial-spiral design casing internals and fully recessed impellers
Proper gasket removal and replacement can reduce maintenance and increase uptime
Follow these guidelines for trouble-free performance
Risk-based inspection, panacea for plant failures?
Understand the limitations for an effective implementation
Engineering Case Histories
How to select the better liquid-level measurement system
Here is a closer look at commonly used sensors
Maintenance and Reliability
Consider new feedstocks for dimethyl ether production
This methanol-based petrochemical has growing options within energy markets
Explicit friction factor correlations for turbulent fluid flow in noncircular ducts and polymeric fluids
New equation provides highly accurate estimates
New explicit friction factor equation for turbulent flow in rough pipes
It is more reliable and accurate than existing equations
HP Reliability: Getting all the facts is more important than ever
An old friend once told me that even the thinnest pancake has two sides. He meant to say there are at least two sides to any argument and listening to only one will be a mistake. In harmony with this..
HP Water Management: Got risk? Cut costs safely
In this environment of cost cutting, plant personnel are reviewing ALL expenses including water treatment. Operations personnel often target water treatment costs for reductions for two reasons: 1) th..
HP Integration Strategies: Creating a sustainability culture in HPI plants
Most companies are looking to contain costs and preserve cash. At the same time, manufacturers are being pressured to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Most process manufacturers..
Trends and Resources
HP Construction: North America
Mustang has completed its low sulfur gasoline project at Placid Refining Co. LLC's refinery in Port Allen, Louisiana. Mustang provided the engineering, design, procurement and construction mana..
HP Construction: South America
CB&I has an approximately $50 million contract with Flota Petrolera Ecuatoriana (FLOPEC) to design and build storage facilities for a grassroots liquefied petroleum gas marine terminal in..
HP Construction: Europe
BASF has idled the smaller of its two steam crackers at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, due to continuing weak demand. The temporary shutdown of the cracker, which has a capacity of 220,000 ..
HP Construction: Middle East
Chiyoda and Technip joined with Qatargas to celebrate the inauguration of the Qatargas 2 project in Ras Laffan, Qatar. The recently completed trains 4 and 5 have a unit capacity of 7.8 million t..
HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL) has awarded Larsen & Toubro (L&T) two large project orders for Rs 1344 crores, including a 3.7 MMtpy diesel hydrotreating unit and a 70,000 tpy..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
US refiners ending maintenance season By April, refiners in the US are typically coming out of maintenance and ramping up production of gasoline fo..
HP Impact: HPImpact: China: New domestic capacity to shrink some petrochem imports
After 17 years of continuous strong growth, China has become the world's third largest economic power and the country's economy has been more integrated into the global economy than ever in its histor..
HP Impact: HPImpact: US refiners' utilization down 5%; East Coast plants 'most vulnerable'
US refineries, particularly those in the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions, are most vulnerable to utilization cuts and will have to reduce throughputs further as a result of the economic downturn, ac..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Demand for plant asset management shows surprising resiliency
The worldwide 2008 market for Plant Asset Management (PAM) systems has grown an average of over 13%/yr since 2006. The PAM system market expanded over $400 million dollars since 2006, according to a ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Renewed interest for US IGCC, carbon-capture coal power plant
A proposal to build a futuristic coal-burning power plant in central Illinois that languished under the Bush administration has received a fresh look from the new US Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Suppo..
HP Associations: The US refining industry is still alive and vital
The US refining industry is still alive and vital The 107th NPRA Annual Meeting took place in San Antonio, Texas, last month. Global economic..
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