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December 2011


Special Report: Plant Design and Engineering

Optimize capacity for large ethylene oxide reactors
Scientific Design Co.: Crudge, B.  |  Billig, B.  |  Schneider, R.

Many factors must be considered in fine-tuning unit design

Selecting the right steam methane reformer: Can vs. box design
Linde Engineering North America, Inc.: Shahani, G.
Linde Engineering: Schoerner, W.
Hydro-Chem: Musich, N.

Simulating various configurations and cost estimates aids in the selection of a steam methane reformer for hydrogen production

Investment roadmap: Planning for carbon capture and storage
Foster Wheeler Energy: Ferguson, S.

Reducing emissions can be approached with a similar method to any other new capital project

Knowledge transfer: A primer for major capital projects
Technip Italy: Magarini, A.  |  Altamura, A.  |  Robertson, R.

Improve transfer strategy across the project supply chain to achieve smooth end-user takeover

Manage risks with dividing-wall column installations
Yeungnam University: Lee, M.
LG Chem.: Shin, J.
LG Chem Ltd.: Lee, S.  |  Lee, J.

A simple auxiliary configuration and an extensive modeling study can mitigate the implementation risks of DWCs

Preserving knowledge: Keys to effective lifecycle management
Honeywell Process Solutions: Lippin, J.

Plant information resides in many locations throughout the facility; capturing it is a challenge

HPI 2012 Forecast

HPI Market Data 2012 Executive Summary

THE NEXT STEPThe economic recovery continues for the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). Energy drives economic growth. Unfortunately for developed nations, stronger economic recovery remain..


Consider these guides for stress relieving of vertical towers
Ultragen Ltd.: Ayari, H.  |  Truong, K.T.  |  Truong, D.

This case history investigates all required post-weld heat treatment for an existing column

Plant Safety and Environment

Proper relief-valve sizing requires equation mastery
Bayer Technology Services: Kim, J. S.  |  Dunsheath, H. J.
Bayer CropScience: Singh, N. R.

These simple and rigorous critical-flow equations will help stem the tide of potential catastrophic failures

Rotating Equipment

Enhancing pump design
Sulzer Pumps: Krueger, S.
Sulzer Pumps (US): Cropper, M.  |  Parker, J.

How modern tools accentuate pump performance

Water Treatment Developments

Onsite water services help refinery go from idle to online
Siemens: McCloskey, C.

Assistance enables quick return to profitable production levels


HP Reliability: Spare parts availability and the need for non-OEM options
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Reliability engineers and their associated job functions often try hard to make their responsible supply-chain staff or purchasing departments understand that it is impossible for the maintenance depa..

HP Integration Strategies: Asset-intensive organizations require good asset information management
ARC Advisory Group: Snitkin, Sid

ARC Advisory Group has written extensively on the important topic of asset information management (AIM). While numerous cultural and organizational issues come into play, technology clearly provides t..

HP Automation Safety: Safety equipment qualification
exida LLC: Goble, W.

During a functional safety assessment of a packaged equipment manufacturer, the issue of instrumentation equipment qualification came up on the audit checklist. The IEC 61511 standard requires that al..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

BP fined $50 millionBP has agreed to pay $50 million to the state of Texas to resolve air pollution allegations related to the March 2005 explosion at its Texas City refinery, according to a statement..

HP Impact: US investment in GHG mitigation technologies
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

According to a study conducted by T2 and Associates on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute, North American investments in greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigating technologies are estimated to have tota..

HP Impact: US welding equipment demand to exceed $7 billion
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Demand in the US for welding equipment and consumables is forecast to increase 6.4% annually to $7.1 billion in 2015 (Table 1). Gains will be driven by continued recovery from the economic recession e..

HP Impact: Saudi petrochemical executives host meeting with senior Chinese official
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Officials with petrochemical major Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) hosted senior Chinese official He Lifeng (vice party secretary of the Tianjin city government) in early November at its headquar..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Optimize low TOC range monitoringHow can a monitoring system, with a very short response time and a reliable and fast validation/calibration method, enable reuse of pure and hot water by monitoring st..

HP Construction: North America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Meche, Helen

Alfa Laval has an order to supply newly developed equipment for cleaning industrial wastewater in Canada. The order value is approximately SEK 60 million and delivery is scheduled for 2012.The order f..

HP Construction: South America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Meche, Helen

PEMEX has acquired 45 of the latest Model 5100 HD series gas analyzers from AMETEK Process Instruments to monitor moisture levels in natural gas at monitoring stations throughout Mexico. Based on tuna..

HP Construction: Europe
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Meche, Helen

RusTurboMash LLC, a joint venture of Siemens Energy and Iskra-Avigaz, has inaugurated a new compressor-manufacturing plant in Perm, Russia. Siemens holds a 51% stake in the joint venture and Iskra-Avi..

HP Construction: Middle East
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Meche, Helen

Burckhardt Compression has an order from Petroleum Development Oman LLC to deliver one process gas compressor for a new miscible gas injection (MGI) facility in the Sultanate of Oman. The responsible ..

HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Meche, Helen

MAN Diesel & Turbo has an order for 24 compressor units for an integrated chemical complex in Chongqing, China. The order size is about €50 million. Designed as a combined plant, the chemical com..

HP Associations: The inside scoop from NPRA’s technology forum
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy  |  DuBose, Ben

On the first day of this year’s National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) Q&A and Technology Forum in San Antonio (which took place October 9–12), delegates noted that increased..

Free Literature

High-temperature filters offer optimal performance and low cost of ownership The Porvair Filtration Group’s new technical brochure describes its expanded range of Sinterflo metal filters for..

New Developments

Scalable instruments for pressure, DP flow and level applications The Rosemount 3051S series of instrumentation was reportedly the world’s first scalable platform for integrated pressure, fl..