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Special Report: Clean Fuels
Debottleneck crude-unit preheat exchanger network inefficiencies
Simulation models can be effectively used to optimize heat transfer and boost operational performance
Consider total value when optimizing catalytic cracking units
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Catalysts / Europe / Middle East
Low rare-earth catalysts balance activity and selectivity against cost
Increase energy efficiency for your refinery
Behavioral and organization changes are often needed to effectively maximize operating profits
Use advanced catalysts to improve xylenes isomerization
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Aromatics / Asia/Pacific / Catalysts / Europe / Middle East
This refiner wanted to increase ethylbenzene conversion while limiting aromatics losses
Eliminate cavitation in your piping systems
New pressure control devices improve fluid flow
Understand multi-stage pumps and sealing options: Part 1
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East / Pumps / Rotating Equipment
Service life and cost impact what seals to use on your heavy-duty pump
HP Viewpoint: The high cost of overregulation
The US does not need to choose between healthy environment and healthy economy when it can have both.
HP Viewpoint: The promise and reality of energy independence
The governance of energy by our federal government is broken, dysfunctional and unfixable in its current form, according to the author.
HP Viewpoint: Transportation and alternative fuels in Asia
The region is facing tremendous pressure to develop a radically different energy and power mix.
HP Viewpoint: Clean fuel challenges for refiners
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Environment / Europe / Middle East
Operating companies are looking to new technology and innovation to provide practical solutions for meeting market demands and creating shareholder value.
HP Control: How difficult is it to control absorber columns?
The absorber-stripper configuration is common for gas plants. If we are to apply advanced process control (APC) systems on a gas plant, it better to address the control problem—maximizing recover..
HP Insight: Government, environment and taxes, oh my!
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Crude oil / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Environment / Europe / Middle East / Natural Gas / Reactors
In this issue of HPInsight, the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) still battles some very familiar and present day challenges, such as economic cycles, feedstock spikes, government over reg..
HP Integration Strategies: Standards needed for laboratory system integration
Industries across the board are coping with relentless pressure to reduce costs while simultaneously improving product quality. The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has an additional challenge in..
HP Reliability: Selecting steam turbines in a ‘lean’ environment
Maintenance & Reliability / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East / Rotating Equipment / Turbines
We received a nice compliment recently from a reader in South America. He wrote: “I am a mechanical engineer working on power plant designs at a major corporation and admire your work as a writer..
Trends and Resources
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Accelerating energy innovationA three-year study by a team of researchers based at MIT has now identified a suite of policy and investment strategies that could accelerate innovation in the US, helpin..
HP Construction: North America
Gas Processing/LNG / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Americas / Biofuels / Construction / Crude oil / Engineering & Design / Gasoline
Sundrop Fuels, Inc., plans to construct and operate its first production facility on about 1,200 acres of land that it has purchased near Alexandria, Louisiana. The inaugural plant will use sustainabl..
HP Construction: South America
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Americas / Construction / Engineering & Design
Toyo Engineering Corp., in consortium with Y&V Ingeniería y Construcción, C.A., has a project management consultant (PMC) contract for the heavy-oil upgrading project of Petróleos de Ve..
HP Construction: Europe
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Europe / Gasoline
Lummus Technology, a CB&I company, has been awarded a contract by CJSC Vostochnaya Neftechimicheskaya (VNHK), a subsidiary of OJSC Rosneft, for the license and basic engineering of a naphtha steam-cra..
HP Construction: Middle East
The State of Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, and Shell’s CEO, Peter Voser, have signed an agreement to develop a world-scale petrochemicals complex i..
HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Asia/Pacific / Construction / Crude oil / Gasoline / Middle East / Polymers
The Linde Group is set to build and operate a new hydrogen plant in the Jilin Chemical Industrial Park (JCIP) in northeast China. The company will be investing around €42 million in the first pha..
HP Impact: Bio-based polymers could be next big thing
Biofuels and bio-based chemicals have been promoted as a potential solution for dependence on petroleum. They also have favorable greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels and petrochemicals b..
HP Impact: European pipeline performance
European oil industry group CONCAWE has collected 40 years of spillage data on European cross-country oil pipelines with particular regard to spillages volume, cleanup and recovery, environmental cons..
HP Innovations: HPInnovations
Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Biofuels / Catalysts / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Middle East / Natural Gas / Safety / Turbines / Valves
AESSEAL wins big at IMechE awards   Fig. 1. Award-winning   AESSEAL offers a wide range   of products. The UK-based mechanical seals manufacturer was nominated for seven out o..
Site aids rupture-disc selection process Oseco’s redesigned website helps both new and experienced users of rupture discs and explosion vents to select the right products for their needs. Th..
New line of welded pipe and tube products Penn Stainless Products’ new Specialty Pipe and Tube Division now offers nonstandard welded tubular items in stainless, duplex, nickel, 6-moly and c..
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