- Global Energy Infrastructure
Special Focus: Plant Safety and Environment
Managing complex changeover processes for integrated cracking furnace safety
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
Improper management of hazardous waste can pose serious legal and regulatory liabilities to a company.
Useful tips for a successful HAZOP study
The products we use on a daily basis comprise a variety of chemicals.
Effectively execute legacy safety systems migration—Part 1
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
Process Engineering and Optimization
Use a mixed-solvent process to boost lube base oil yields and profitability
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
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
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
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
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
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Refining / Crude oil / Environment / Equipment / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Products / Safety / Sulfur
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
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
Implementing safety best practices helps reduce employee risk, which helps minimize the number of workplace accidents and ensures compliance with industry and government regulations.
Trends and Resources
Industry Perspectives: There’s still time to vote for the best!
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
<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.
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Crude oil / Diesel / Gasoline / Natural Gas / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
US margins fell due to the slowing of domestic gasoline demand, as the driving season ended amid high inventories.
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.
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