September 2011


Special Report: Refining Developments

Consider new processes for clean gasoline and olefins production
Dharia, D., Stone & Webster Inc., A Shaw Goup Co.; Long, J., Xu, Y., Zhang, J., SINOPEC Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP); Batachari, A., Yuan, E., Gim, S., Xu, S., Shaw Energy & Chemicals Group

Advanced technologies promote propylene yield while reducing olefins in gasoline

Maximize propylene from your FCC unit
Knight, J., Mehlberg, R., UOP LLC, a Honeywell Co.

Innovative use of catalyst and operating conditions increases on-purpose olefin production

A perspective on China’s refining industry
Li, X., Ren, W., Zhu, Q., Ren, J., Petrochemical Research Institute, PetroChina

Statistics show how this nation has progressed from 2006 to present day

Fast track to fuel — getting the right mix
Luce, G. W., Terrabon, L.L.C.

An innovative application of biology and chemical engineering cuts time and cost out of biofuel production

Refining outlook: Capacity expansion and rationalization
Ruwe, P., Muse, Stancil & Co.

Many factors are reshaping the global refined products industry, leading to inevitable change

Achieve success in gasoline hydrotreating
Sanghavi, K., Alon USA; Schmidt, J., Axens North America

Case history describes how to achieve superior performance during FCC gasoline hydrotreating

Understand differences between thermal and hydrocracking
Sayles, S., Romero, S., KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.

Successful operation and product yields are controlled by reactions at the molecular level

Alternative transport fuels: An Indian perspective
Jain, A., Department of Chemical Engineering; Singal, S. K., Kamei, W., Garg, M. O., CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum

Many factors influence the possibility of new fuels replacing gasoline and diesel

Investigate processing near-zero-sulfur gasoline
Stratiev, D., LUKOIL Neftohim Burgas

This study considers the effectiveness of undercutting and hydrotreating fluid catalytic cracking feeds to yield ‘cleaner’ fuels

New era in refining — Keys to sustenance

Changes in feedstocks, environmental rules can alter past and future process investments, profitability

Maintenance and Reliability

Prevent failures in olefin-cracking operations
Gupta, R. P., Pathak, H., Reliance Industries Ltd.

Failure analysis identifies root causes for damages to selective exchangers

Prevent tank-bottom failure through reliability analysis
Liu, L., Logistic Engineering University; Liu, T., Sichuan University

Apply service-life methods to optimize inspections and maintenance for storage units

Fluid Flow

Optimize compressor configurations for hydrocarbon applications
Almasi, A., WorleyParsons Services

Extend the life of the compressor-driver package


HP Automation Safety: Are you a lawyer or an engineer?
Goble, W., exida LLC

Have you ever questioned some legal decision? I have certainly wondered about the logic behind certain legal cases. When I read the “warning labels” on certain products, for example, I reall..

HP Reliability: Consider a new twist on data collection
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following abbreviated sequence of correspondence is real, although we quite obviously had to hide some names. Still, it is quite typical of many discourses our editors carry on with readers or con..

HP Integration Strategies: Standards needed for laboratory system integration
Hollywood, Paula, ARC Advisory Group

Organizations in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) and elsewhere frequently underestimate the value of the analytical laboratory to the enterprise. The perception is that the lab is a cost cen..

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

Dow optimistic about natural gasGeorge Biltz, Dow Chemical’s vice president of energy and climate change, recently testified before a US Senate committee about the future of natural gas and the o..

HP Impact: Rare earths and lubricant demand to grow worldwide
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Freedonia Group has two reports out that will be of interest to Hydrocarbon Processsing readers. The first examines world demand for rare earths, which is expected to grow 7.1% per year to reach 1..

HP Impact: New requirements could raise cost of gas, shutter US refineries
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A new study says that upcoming US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements could raise the cost of manufacturing gasoline, lead to the closing of domestic refineries, and force the US to dou..

HP Impact: Tesoro releases report on Anacortes explosion
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Tesoro recently released its report on the April 2, 2010, incident at its Anacortes refinery in Washington. The incident occurred when a heat exchanger in the refinery’s naphtha hydrotreater unit..

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

Gevo, Inc. has plans with South Hampton Resources, Inc., a subsidiary of Arabian American Development Co., to build a hydrocarbon processing demonstration plant at its facility just outside of Houston..

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

As of 2013, Braskem will reportedly have yet another alternative feedstock source. In addition to sugarcane ethanol, which is used to make green plastic, the company will begin using naphtha made from..

HP Construction: Europe
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Süd-Chemie, a member of the Clariant Group, has started construction of what will reportedly be the largest German plant for manufacturing climate-friendly biofuel cellulosic ethanol from agricul..

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

Morgan Thermal Ceramics has a contract to supply Superwool 607 HT Pyro-Bloc Modules as part of a world-class refinery being constructed by the Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Co. (SATORP..

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

Stamicarbon, the licensing and IP center of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., has signed a license agreement with Hengang Huahe Coal Chemical Industry, Ltd. for a urea plant with a capacity of 1,860 metric tpd...

HP Construction Profile: Eni starts slurry technology project at Italy refinery
DuBose, Ben, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Italian oil and gas major Eni has started work on applying Eni Slurry Technology (EST) at its Sannazzaro de’ Burgondi refinery, located near Pavia in northern Italy.EST is Eni’s proprietary ..

HP Associations: International HPI conference gathers in Singapore

Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC)—Asia gathered industry experts from around the world in Singapore, July 19–21. Following the success ..

Free Literature

Spill kits, removal and isolation products for workplace safety Graphic Products offers its first spill-containment and cleanup product catalog, SpillArrest. Accidental spills harm the environmen..

New Developments

Mass flowmeter for high-flowrate applications requiring reliability and low maintenance The Proline Promass 83X/84X Coriolis flowmeter is said to be the first large four-tube Coriolis flowmeter i..

Engineering and Construction 2011 Supplement

Consider critical issues during a plant turnaround
Amendola, L., Artacho, M.A., Universitat Politècnica de València; Depool, T., PMM Institute for Learning

More project management practices are needed to improve performance in maintenance shutdown