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Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems
Improve refinery margins with new crude selection concept
Petrochemicals / Process Control / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Crude oil / Europe / Information Systems / Management / Middle East / Naphtha
A refinery with an active crude selection strategy encompassing dedicated staff, preapproval of all new crudes and an updated crude acceptance window can gain $0.5/bbl–$1/bbl vs. a more passive strategy.
Design pressure reduction in high-pressure heat exchangers with dynamic simulation
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Heat Transfer / Loss Prevention / Safety
A commercial simulation tool is used to carry out the analysis of the transient phenomena caused by the tube rupture event during the design phase of an HP heat exchanger.
Bonus Report: Process Control and Instrumentation
Effects of changing vapor phase conditions on radiation-based continuous level measurement
Radiation-based continuous level gauges provide highly reliable measurements because no part of the instrument system is exposed to the process fluid, and they do not require penetration into the process vessel.
Maintaining gas system accuracy and reliability through calibration
Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Information Systems / Middle East / Valves
In the process industries, laser-based analytical techniques have emerged as a popular method of examining process line samples because of their high level of durability, fast response time and minimal maintenance requirements.
HPI Focus: Petrochemical Update
A chemist’s perspective on organic fouling in ethylene operations: update
Ethylene manufacturing is a continuous race to be commercially competitive in a volatile global market.
Expansion and contraction in developed Northeast Asian nations
Unlike much of Southeast Asia, which is presently building downstream infrastructure to meet increasing demand, Northeast Asia is well-developed.
Environment and Safety
Managing the recovery from the Jaipur oil terminal fire
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Project Management / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Crude oil / Europe / Loss Prevention / Management / Middle East / Safety / Valves
In October 2009, a devastating fire at the oil terminal in Jaipur, India, killed 11 people, injured many more and incurred a significant financial loss.
Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment
Use root cause analysis to examine failure of a cooling water pump
Without a holistic approach and a structured root cause analysis, it is hard to unearth complex and multiple issues, particularly design deficiencies.
NOx, NOx, who’s there—steam cracker or SMR?
This article addresses the generation of thermal NOx in the furnace of each process, NOx abatement by SCR, and premature degradation of SCR catalyst by chromium species in the flue gas.
Test run with sales gas feed in a traditional H2 plant
A conventional hydrogen (H2) plant in a Middle Eastern refinery was designed to produce 75,000 normal cubed meters per hour (Mnm3/hr) of H2 product with 95% purity with plat offgas feed (platformer offgas mixed with hydrocracker offgas).
HP Editorial Comment: The Top Project award nominees are out!
As we move deeper into 2015, Hydrocarbon Processing continues to add new features to better serve our readers.
HP Reliability: Hire or train a reliability professional?
The statistics on job seekers with college degrees and job seekers qualified to do the work for which they actually apply will differ.
HP Automation Strategies: APC technology adapts quickly to economic changes
Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Analyzers / Economics / Engineering & Design / Europe / Information Systems / Middle East
With significant fluctuations in feedstock and energy prices, making economic changes quickly is vital to capitalize on the most profitable assets.
HP Automation Safety: Ensure the safety and security of industrial control systems
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Refining / Information Systems / Management / Safety
Process safety and cyber security are distinctly different disciplines, but there is now a growing realization within the downstream automation sector that they are related.
HP Petrochemicals: Iran could soon become major petrochemical player if sanctions end
The ongoing debate over the Iran “nuclear deal” isn’t just political talk. It could be a key influencer for the future of the global petrochemicals industry, too.
Trends and Resources
HP Industry Perspectives: Top Project awards of 2015
As 2015 enters its final quarter, Hydrocarbon Processing is once again evaluating the top projects from this past year with the most significant impacts on the global or regional downstream industry.
HP Business Trends
As a consequence of the shale gas boom, US crackers have switched away from naphtha feedstock to ethane-based feedstock.
HP Industry Metrics
Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Crude oil / Diesel / Europe / Gasoline / Middle East / Natural Gas
High US refinery utilization rates have continued, encouraged by strong gasoline demand amid lower crude prices.
HP Global Project Data
The Hydrocarbon Processing Construction Boxscore Database is tracking over $1.5 T in active projects around the globe.
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Refining / Analyzers / Furnaces / Heat Transfer / Information Systems / Polymers / Pumps / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Utilities / Valves / Products
EGC Critical Components has announced its dures brand of materials, a new family of proprietary thermoplastic polymer composites developed specifically for the manufacture of bushings, bearings and wear rings in pumps handling a wide range of liquids, including those that contain solid matter.
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Engineering & Design / Management / Valves / People
Wood Group Mustang has appointed Elaine Lisenbe to the position of chief financial officer (CFO), and Valencia Amenson to VP of human resources.
Advances in Sulfur Management Supplement
Varied solutions to the challenges of sulfur management
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Environment / Europe / Middle East / Sulfur
As governments impose progressively stringent limits on the sulfur content of fuels, the refining industry and the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) are increasing their focus on sulfur removal to maximize profits from sulfur-rich oil and gas resources.
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- India’s Russian oil imports seen rising on lower prices 12/8
- Nigeria's Dangote refinery receives first crude cargo 12/8
- Details of Canada's planned regulations to limit oil and gas emissions 12/8
- INEOS announces the acquisition of the LyondellBasell ethylene oxide & derivatives business and production facility at Bayport, Texas (U.S.) for $700 MM 12/8
- Indonesia allots 13.41 MM kiloliters of biodiesel for mandatory blending in 2024 12/7
- Heidelberg University and BASF extend collaboration at jointly operated catalysis laboratory CaRLa for five more years 12/7
Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
Long Son Petrochemicals Complex
Long Son, Vietnam
Siam Cement Group