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Special Report: Petrochemical Developments
Petrochemical value chain analysis reveals downstream opportunities for Qatar
The existing petrochemical value chains in Qatar are analyzed in this article to identify the potential downstream industry opportunities.
Small-scale coal-to-chemicals can revitalize India’s petrochemicals industry, economy—Part 1
Contemporary routes to the production of polymers usually involve setting up world-scale ethylene crackers with typical capacities of 0.7 MMtpy–1.5 MMtpy.
HPI Focus: Iran Petrochemicals
Strategic assessment of the Iranian petrochemical industry
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Catalysts / Construction / Economics / Middle East / Polymers
The recent agreement between Iran and the international community represents clear opportunities and challenges for petrochemical producers.
Environment and Safety
Innovative design configurations for flare system reliability
The function of a flare system in a refinery or chemical plant is to collect gases released during an overpressure scenario, typically resulting from a plant upset.
Calculate thermal growth of a fractionation tower for piping engineering
The fractionation tower/column is common processing equipment in the petroleum refinery and chemical industry.
Process Engineering and Optimization
Visbreaking technology: Is it obsolete, or is there potential for upgrade?
Visbreaking technology is a well-known, simple thermal cracking process for residual oils.
In-depth and preemptive front-end planning yields positive project results
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Carbon Management / Construction / Gasoline / Greenhouse Gases / Management / Safety
Despite the challenges that major projects can present (short deadlines, budget constraints and overruns, unforeseen problems onsite and tension throughout executive teams), they can also prove to be a win-win for both the owner and the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm.
Design a pressure safety valve at the centrifugal pump discharge
Process Optimization / Refining / Compressors / Engineering & Design / Pumps / Rotating Equipment / Valves
In most process plants, it is unusual to install a pressure safety valve (PSV) to centrifugal pump and compressor discharge, but some PSVs are needed and are installed to protect the system against miscellaneous scenarios that could create overpressure in the system.
Editorial Comment: Despite uncertainty, global petrochemical capacity continues to rise
Over the past several years, the world has witnessed the announcement of a massive amount of new petrochemical capacity.
Reliability: Transform ODR-OPPM into a worthwhile initiative
ODR, which stands for operator-driven reliability, has recently morphed into a new arrangement of letters: OPPM.
Codes and Standards: How much fireproofing do we need?
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Refining / Gas to liquids (GTL) / Loss Prevention / Management / Natural Gas / Safety / Utilities
This article is the first under the Codes and Standards series. The purpose of this series is to make readers aware of code requirements, the interpretations and the limitations as they stand today, and what engineers can do as an alternative engineering. This series is based on the actual implementation of what is narrated and the satisfactory experiences drawn.
Engineering Practices: How a full-service R&D laboratory can help your company
To survive and stay competitive in the rapidly changing, technology-driven hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical fields, companies must stay ahead of their research and development (R&D) needs.
Viewpoint: Pave the way to safer, more productive plants with the IIoT
The next generation of manufacturing will be driven by connectivity. It is happening today in modern plants: the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is enabling manufacturers to embed physical objects with the capacity to both communicate with and sense the world around them.
Trends and Resources
Industry Perspectives: Saudis seek industry unity in support of fossil fuels
When Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi agreed to speak at IHS CERAWeek in February, the expectation was for the Saudi oil minister to defend his country’s energy policies, possibly creating a regional divide at the annual Houston conference.
Business Trends: Global petrochemical overview—Part 1
This series examines the global petrochemical landscape, new project developments and regional outlooks.
US product markets weakened despite strong domestic gasoline demand.
Global Project Data
This month’s installment of Global Project Data focuses on the global petrochemical sector.
PKN Orlen seeks refinery energy efficiency solutionPKN Orlen has selected six solutions best designed to improve a refinery's energy efficiency.
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