Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

November 2016


Special Focus: Plant Safety and Environment

Managing complex changeover processes for integrated cracking furnace safety
Netherlocks Safety Systems: van Diessen, S.  |  Sadowski, S.

Cracking furnace operations (e.g., for the steam cracking of naphtha feedstock into olefins) are an essential part of hydrocarbon (HC) refining; however, they are known to be potentially dangerous and complex to manage.

What every manager should know about hazardous waste management
Wood Group: Shah, G. C.

Improper management of hazardous waste can pose serious legal and regulatory liabilities to a company.

Useful tips for a successful HAZOP study
TATA Consulting Engineers Ltd.: Kunte, V. A.  |  Sakthivel, S.

The products we use on a daily basis comprise a variety of chemicals.

Effectively execute legacy safety systems migration—Part 1
Trinity Integrated Systems: Mulholland, D.

This two-part study will investigate the challenges of migrating legacy safety systems, and review effective means of repeatedly and effectively executing compliant migrations.

Process Control and Instrumentation

Get more from your next turnaround
Emerson Process Management: Bishop, N.  |  Olsen, T.

Turnarounds in continuous operating process plants, such as refineries and petrochemical processing plants, are complicated and costly events where each day of downtime equals lost revenue.

Process Engineering and Optimization

Use a mixed-solvent process to boost lube base oil yields and profitability
Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL): Rao, G. S.  |  Kumar Dhar, P.  |  Valavarasu, G.  |  Rao, P. V. C.  |  Choudary, N. V.  |  Pawar, G.  |  Dhamelia, R.  |  Sriganesh, K.

Through research and development (R&D), the commercial application of a mixed-solvent (MS) approach using a mixture of different co-solvents resulted in higher lube raffinate yields without affecting the lube oil quality.

Build a diesel fuel performance additive for optimum winter operability, the right way—Part 2
Amalgamated, Inc.: Pipenger, G. G.

Part 1 in this series, “Build a diesel fuel performance additive, the right way,” (Hydrocarbon Processing, October) detailed the required chemical additives and test methods for achieving ideal engine performance and fuel economy.


Editorial Comment: Unintended regulatory consequences: Lessons learned
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Andrew, Bob

Over my 40-yr professional career in the oil and gas processing, refining and petrochemical industries, I have seen many well-intended government regulations completely backfire, cause irrational responses or get lip service.

Reliability: Monitor equipment condition by collecting vibration signatures
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

With relatively few exceptions, industry guidelines and standards allow an increased understanding of best practices.

Project Management: Performance excellence culture improves processes, giving lasting results
Check-6: Weynand, J.

In the downstream industry, where production is at an all-time high and uncompromised safety is imperative, plant owners and operators are responding by implementing the latest time-saving technologies and systems to automate and improve human processes.

Refining: High-impact challenges in today’s global refining market
GE Water & Process Technologies: Zurlo, J. A.

To stay competitive and thrive in today’s uncertain and volatile energy market that is characterized by major shifts in supply and demand dynamics, refiners must find ways to increase operational efficiencies, maximize productivity and produce refined products at lower costs.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 93: Hints on searching the literature
Consulting Engineer: Sofronas, A.

Gathering accurate data is essential for failure analysis and other types of research.

Viewpoint: Create a culture of safety: Protecting people while boosting your bottom line
ExxonMobil: Schiff, T.

Implementing safety best practices helps reduce employee risk, which helps minimize the number of workplace accidents and ensures compliance with industry and government regulations.

Industry Perspectives: There’s still time to vote for the best!
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

As mentioned in the editorial comment of the October issue of <i>Hydrocarbon Processing,</i> the nominees for the 2016 Top Project awards are out.

Business Trends: Global refining overview—Part 3
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

<i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> continues its series on the global refining industry. This series provides a detailed outlook on the state of the global refining sector, active and new project developments, and an overview of major refining trends in each region. Part 3 provides an overview of the refining sectors of Canada, Latin America and the US.

Industry Metrics
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

US margins fell due to the slowing of domestic gasoline demand, as the driving season ended amid high inventories.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Andrew, Bob

Callidus Technologies, a Honeywell UOP Company, has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art facility for the testing of gas combustion flares at its manufacturing facility in Beggs, Oklahoma.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Abdulaziz F. Alkhayyal has been elected to the board of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corp., increasing the board’s size to 11.