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Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment
Automated decoking solves coker safety challenges
The concept improves safety and efficiency and bolsters the bottom line
Mitigate refinery influent water supply contamination
Resolving critical water supply and quality issues by managing risk and implementing successful solutions
Spent caustic management: Remediation review
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Engineering & Design / Environment / Europe / Loss Prevention / Middle East / Treating
Understanding of waste components needed for proper spent caustic disposal
Tips on communicating LOPA results to management
Communicate clearly and explain thoroughly
Pilot-operated safety relief valves: A simple, effective plant upgrade
Environment & Safety / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East / Rotating Equipment / Valves
Replacing spring-loaded valves can help increase efficiency and output
Bonus Report: Process Control and Information Systems
Safety instrumented function design reduces nuisance trips
Environment & Safety / Process Control / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Middle East
Implementing low-cost best practices can provide peace of mind
Improve material balance in high-purity distillation control
Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Americas / Analyzers / Aromatics / Asia/Pacific / Distillation / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Information Systems / Middle East
Using dual-composition conserved energy efficiency, reduced reprocessing and allowed higher throughput
Engineering Case Histories
Investigation: Failure of a steam generator
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Boilers / Construction / Corrosion / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Furnaces / Heat Transfer / Middle East / Utilities
In case history, engineers search for root cause of water-side tube failures for a 23-year-old boiler
HP Viewpoint: The evolution of safety in the oil and gas industry
Environment & Safety / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Carbon Management / Europe / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Management / Middle East / Safety
As a safety professional with 25 years of experience in the hydrocarbon and chemical industries, I’ve had the unique opportunity to view first-hand the evolution of safety. Upon entering this fie..
HP Reliability: One pump fire per 1,000 pump repairs
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Compressors / Corrosion / Drivers / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Loss Prevention / Middle East / Motors / Polymers / Pumps / Rotating Equipment / Safety
While performing reliability audits decades ago, pump-failure statistics were made available or could be recovered with relative ease. But even then, the sources were usually kept confidential because..
HP Water Management: Don’t let water be the reason for a turnaround
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Boilers / Construction / Corrosion / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Furnaces / Heat Transfer / Middle East / Treating / Utilities
Several years ago, while arriving onsite during another unit turnaround, I joked to a process engineer at the refinery “I get it. . . every time I ‘turn around,’ you have a turnaround.&..
HP Integration Strategies: Aging HPI workforce drives need for operator training systems
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Project Management / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Loss Prevention / Management / Middle East / Safety
As a leading research and consulting organization focused on the process industries, manufacturing, infrastructure and other industrial sectors, ARC Advisory Group has been closely following the emerg..
Trends and Resources
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Biojet fuel grantRenewable chemicals and advanced biofuels firm Gevo has received a $5 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the development of biojet fuel from woody biomass ..
HP Construction: North America
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Americas / Construction / Crude oil / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Gasoline / Octane / Polymers
Eastman Chemical Co. has announced a second expansion of its Benzoflex plasticizer line at the Kohtla-Järve, Estonia, site. The expansion will increase Benzoflex capacity by an additional 11,000 ..
HP Construction: South America
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Americas / Construction / Engineering & Design
Technip, within the framework of a cooperation partnership with Haldor Topsøe, was awarded a contract to provide basic- and front-end engineering services on a Petrobras grassroots fertilizer com..
HP Construction: Europe
Gas Processing/LNG / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Biofuels / Construction / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Europe / Gas to liquids (GTL) / Gasoline
Navum Energy Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Turkmenistan state-owned gas concern, Turkmengas, which will lead to the construction of a series of gas-to-liquids (GTL) and ..
HP Construction: Africa
Technip was awarded a strategic engineering contract by Gabon Fertilizers Co. for a world-class, grassroots ammonia-urea fertilizer project to be developed at Port Gentil, Gabon. The proposed project ..
HP Construction: Middle East
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Aromatics / Construction / Crude oil / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Gasoline / Middle East
L&T Hydrocarbon has a project order, valued around $150 million, from Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO). The order is to set up a greenfield project planned to treat an average of 3 million standar..
HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Asia/Pacific / Construction / Crude oil / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Gasoline / Polymers
Alfa Laval has won an order to supply its Packinox heat exchangers to a refinery in Kazakhstan. The order value is approximately SEK 55 million, and delivery is scheduled for 2012.The Packinox heat ex..
HP Impact: EU chemical production grows ever so slowly
European Union (EU) chemicals production in July grew by 0.8% compared with July 2010, according to the latest chemicals trends report released by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic). Howev..
HP Impact: World demand for water treatment products approaches $65 billion
World demand for water treatment products is projected to increase 6.2% per year to nearly $65 billion in 2015, according to The Freedonia Group (Table 1). Although growth will be healthy across the g..
HP Impact: Shale gas boom helpful to North American chemical producers
The US shale gas exploration and production boom continues to fuel significant cost advantages for North American commodity chemicals producers as relative costs of natural gas and oil-based feedstock..
HP Impact: The quest for a common integration technology
The five major automation foundations (FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, and OPC Foundation) have developed a single common solution for..
Plant maintenance tips More than 100 maintenance tips, collected from maintenance and operations personnel nationwide, are now available in Kano Laboratories’ revised brochure Plant Maintena..
Compact-sized close-coupled pumps for application versatility  The Moyno 1000 close-coupled positive-displacement pump is said to provide greater versatility and performance advantages over other..
North American Turnaround and Maintenance 2011 Supplement
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