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Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability
Reliability tips for centrifugal process pumps
The pump’s behavior can be likened to that of a manual transmission in an automobile. While a car can be driven 80 mph in first gear, it would be a mistake to do this for an hour or so.
Micro-alloyed steel: New standard for reformer tubes
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Corrosion / Engineering & Design / Europe / Furnaces / Heat Transfer / Middle East
Reformer furnace tubes are designed to operate under high temperature and pressure. Historically, these tubes exhibit improved creep resistance at higher temperatures. The improvements in creep resist..
Evaluate piping for displacement-controlled loading
In a Canadian case study, new piping under construction suffered some settlement in the underground portion, as evidenced by soil movement and slight deflection of the above-ground section.
What every refiner should know about nitrogen generation and delivery
Environment & Safety / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Carbon Management / Economics / Engineering & Design / Europe / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Management / Middle East / Natural Gas / Safety / Treating
Generating N2 on-demand is a sustainable and energy-efficient approach.
IRPC 2014: Defining the course of the global HPI
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Aromatics / Asia/Pacific / Biofuels / Catalysts / Cetane / Crude oil / Diesel / Economics / Engineering & Design / Europe / Gasoline / Management / Middle East / Naphtha / Octane / Polymers
Leading hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) executives and technical experts will come together June 24–26 in Verona, Italy, to share ideas, innovation and vision for the global downstream indu..
2014 Petrochemical Processes Handbook
Hydrocarbon Processing's Petrochemical Processes 2014 handbook reflects the dynamic advancements available in licensed process technologies, catalysts and equipment. This handbook is an inclusive catalog of established and cutting-edge licensed technologies that can be applied to existing and grassroots facilities.
Use dynamic models when designing high-pressure vessels
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Middle East / Safety
By definition, a pressure vessel is a closed container that is designed to hold gases and/or liquids at pressures substantially different from ambient conditions. They are used in many applications su..
Innovative catalyst solution mitigates FCC operational issue
Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Catalysts / Cetane / Crude oil / Diesel / Europe / Gasoline / Hydrocracking / Middle East / Octane
Marathon Petroleum Co.’s (MPC’s) Catlettsburg fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) experienced a catalyst circulation constraint due to partial blockage of an intra-regenerator standpipe. Th..
Minimize false assurances in hazard analyses
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Carbon Management / Engineering & Design / Environment / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Management / Safety
Hazard analysis is a powerful and highly effective tool for identifying and evaluating potential hazards and control measures (Fig. 1). Its versatility provides an economical and insightful assessment..
HP Reliability: Make equipment decisions with up-to-date technical information
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Compressors / Corrosion / Drivers / Engineering & Design / Europe / Middle East / Motors / Pumps / Rotating Equipment / Turbines
Answering lube practice-related questions is important. These questions provide insight on the status of education and technology, along with trends in understanding equipment reliability, safety and ..
HP Automation Strategies: The automation challenge requires new approaches
Process Control / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Information Systems / Middle East
It might be human nature to feel that the professional challenges that we face every day are unique. However, while business and production objectives may vary greatly from company to company and from..
HP Project Management: Better strategies avoid project delays—Part 2
Project Management / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Construction / Engineering & Design / Europe / Management / Middle East
How can project managers avoid project schedule overruns? Part 1 discussed how to analyze the root causes for project delays. In Part 2, strategies to overcome project delays will be explored.Critical..
HP Global: Russian executives to build country’s first waste oil refinery
The 4-MMtpy Kirishi-2 refinery is anticipated to cost $3.14 B to construct. Plans call for the refinery to be expanded to a capacity of 12 MMtpy at a later date, at an additional cost of $5 B–$7 B.
HP Petrochemicals: Ammonia production booms on cheap natural gas
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Crude oil / Engineering & Design / Europe / Middle East / Natural Gas
Thanks to the availability of a steady supply of affordable natural gas as a feedstock, the ammonia and fertilizer industries in North America are experiencing a renaissance that has not been witnesse..
HP Gas Processing: Asian gas market seeks lower pricing, infrastructure expansion: Part 1
The Gastech 2014 Conference and Exhibition brought together a number of panelists from the buyer and seller sides to share their recommendations for securing Asia’s gas demand. The first panel session of the conference examined gas pricing, infrastructure requirements and market evolution, from a demand-side perspective.
HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: Qatar’s petrochemical sector surges through new projects
Rising gas production is propelling Qatar to be a global leader in LNG exports and GTL technology, and it will play a key role in the future growth of Qatar’s downstream sector.
HP Viewpoint: What characteristics define the world’s best refineries?
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Engineering & Design / Europe / Information Systems / Management / Middle East
A number of significant forces are reshaping the global refining industry. However, what characteristics define the world’s best refineries? HSB Solomon Associates LLC’s recent “Fuels R..
Trends and Resources
HP Industry Perspectives: Reflections from a petrochemical giant
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Americas / Aromatics / Asia/Pacific / Economics / Engineering & Design / Europe / Management / Middle East / Polymers
Frank Popoff, retired chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Co., shared his insight on the petrochemical industry at the AFPM’s 2014 International Petrochemical Conference (IPC). With a career spa..
Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Biofuels / Crude oil / Diesel / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Europe / Gasoline / Information Systems / Middle East / Naphtha / Natural Gas / Octane / Safety
EU-US Energy Council discusses European energy security The EU-US Energy Council met recently in Brussels, Belgium. Following the gathering, the council issued a statement indicating that developments..
HP Industry Metrics
Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Crude oil / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Europe / Gasoline / Middle East
The OPEC Reference Basket for crudes fell $1.23 in March. Changes in the crude oil markets are attributed to a slowdown in China’s economy and reduced crude oil demand by refineries. Non-OPEC sup..
Wood Group Mustang has promoted Tim Griffin to vice president of industrial operations, leading the company’s North American industrial division based in Greenville, South Carolina. The division ..
Ensure equipment compliance in hazardous areas  METTLER TOLEDO offers a new white paper, ‟Competency is Key: Hazardous Area Regulations and Standards,” to help readers apply global, Eu..
Epoxy tank liner for severe chemical environments A 100% solids epoxy liner is available for use in transport tanks containing chemical blends or acids used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Se..
What separates the best-of-class companies from the rest?
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Engineering & Design / Europe / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / Middle East / Safety
Many metrics can be used to define the top-performing downstream companies. Often, it includes financial (profits) results, environmental and safety performance, equipment availability and more. Howev..
Terminals and Storage Supplement
Use innovative solutions to return storage tanks back to service faster
Maintenance & Reliability / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Corrosion / Engineering & Design / Europe / Middle East / Safety
High-solids epoxy linings for the petrochemical terminal and pipeline market are gathering high interest as the need to efficiently return storage tanks back to service becomes more prevalent. Some co..
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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
Long Son Petrochemicals Complex
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