August 2018

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its second annual awards.

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its second annual awards. The HP Awards celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year. The awards cover 12 strategic categories in the hydrocarbon processing industry. More than 80 nominations were submitted from 18 countries. Each abstract was voted on by an independent Hydrocarbon Processing advisory board. The following is a complete list of all finalists in each category. The winners in each category will be announced during a black-tie gala at The Houstonian Hotel in Houston, Texas, on August 30.


ABB, ABB Ability

This platform provides comprehensive, unified and cross-industry digital capabilities that enable operators to translate digital data insights into actual operational direct action. This includes remote diagnostics and analytics to optimize performance and solve problems before they become failures.

AVEVA, AR/VR Enhanced Operations

In combination with enterprise asset performance management (EAPM) and information management, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) enhanced operations provide virtual and augmented realities to enhance operations and improve maintenance, reliability, operator agility and profitability. The product allows personnel to execute tasks by using a step-by-step augmented procedure layered on top of their real-life view.

Emerson, Plantweb Optics

Plantweb Optics is a mobile-ready collaboration platform that leverages Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies to provide an unprecedented view of plant reliability and operational performance for the refining, petrochemical and hydrocarbon processing industries. The platform aggregates data from across a plant’s IIoT devices, mechanical assets and existing predictive intelligence applications, and creates a holistic picture of a plant’s health.

Honeywell Process Solutions, Connected Plant Skills and Safety Immersive Competency

This cloud-based simulation tool uses a combination of AR and VR to train personnel on critical work activities, such as primary failures and switchovers or cable and power supply failures. The tool enables experiential learning and a seamless knowledge transfer, while offering a natural way to interact and communicate with peers or a trainer.

Petrotechnics, Proscient

This integrated software platform brings together disparate technologies and information from across the organization to help personnel make better, more-informed decisions. By viewing three simple screens, personnel can constantly see and manage risk and operations in real time. This platform provides safer and more efficient operations.

Veolia Water Technologies, Aquavista

This secure, cloud-based digital solutions platform provides a dashboard that is customized to meet the needs of any type of water treatment operation. Aquavista comprises four key resources—Portal, Insight, Assist and Plant—that allow customers to efficiently manage their facilities and water treatment equipment while generating maximum value from their assets and processes.


Emerson, Rosemount CT5800 Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) Gas Analyzer

The Rosemount CT5800 QCL gas analyzer is the industry’s first hybrid quantum cascade laser/tunable diode laser technology. It includes up to six high-resolution lasers to measure both
the near- and mid-infrared spectral regions for real-time, optimal gas measurement and analysis down to sub-parts-
per-million concentrations.

JP3 Measurement, Verax Digital Crude Signature Analyzer

Built around cutting-edge, proprietary near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, this new digital crude signature (DCS) technology provides a composite picture of crude oil properties including true boiling point cuts, hydrocarbon composition, API gravity, RPV and contaminants. The DCS allows downstream purchasers the ability to track individual batches of crude from point of purchase through transportation to refinery delivery, as well as the ability to optimize blended crudes for each individual crude tower.

MSA Safety, Ultima X5000 Gas Monitor

The Ultima X5000 gas monitor utilizes touch-button interface, dual sensing technology and Bluetooth to provide users with real-time data to monitor oxygen, and toxic and combustible gases. The device provides personnel with a safer and more efficient way to monitor gases within a facility.

AVEVA and Schneider Electric, Real-time Crude Assay Technology

In a world of tight refining margins, where crude oil qualities can change from cargo to cargo, it is more important than ever to know the quality of your crude oil receipt quickly and accurately. AVEVA’s and Schneider Electric’s real-time crude assay technology provides a real-time crude analysis system, which combines cutting-edge analytical equipment with powerful machine-learning techniques, to provide rapid and reliable crude oil assays to support optimal real-time rescheduling of refinery operations.


AspenTech, Asset Performance Management

This low-touch, machine-learning Asset Performance Management solution harnesses the combined power of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, software and data analytics to optimize plant and equipment reliability. These tools are combined to provide predictive analytics to maximize uptime and performance.

Brüel & Kjær Vibro, Setpoint System

The Setpoint machine protection and condition monitoring system has integrated the concept of a flight recorder for machine condition monitoring purposes. The system records process data and stores the information, which can be uploaded for diagnostic purposes. The data provides operators with additional information on an asset’s health and can help mitigate equipment failure.

Dynamics SPC USA, Inc., COMPACS System

The COMPACS system employs AI in conjunction with the IIoT to help eliminate fires, explosions and other accidents due to machinery faults; increases uptime of machinery and facilities by eliminating breakdowns; decreases turnaround time during planned maintenance periods; and decreases costs due to reducing the quantity of planned and unplanned maintenance periods by providing real-time diagnostics.

Eni, OTE GT 15 Lubricants

Eni has developed an innovative, low-viscosity lubricant for the turbomachinery sector. The company’s OTE GT 15 lubricating oils have lowered fuel consumption and emissions and have shown a longer durability. The product has shown energy savings by reducing friction losses by up to 15%, as well as decreasing the consumption of natural gas and CO2 emissions compared to a traditional ISO VG 32 oil. These energy-saving lubricating oils provide an optimized approach for turbomachinery applications.


ABB, Distributed Control Systems (DCS)

ABB’s DCS portfolio offers customers specific control platforms such as Ability System 800xA, Ability Symphony Plus, Freelance and Compact Product Suite. These systems have provided operational expenditure savings of up to 20% and downtime reduction of 20% by utilizing advanced control strategies, software-based services and lifecycle cost optimization.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), Control Building and Human Machine Interface (HMI) Upgrade Project

This project was an upgrade to the company’s central control room and included the installation of dynamic lighting to increase operator alertness, as well as an upgrade to the plant’s HMI by using abnormal situation management (ASM). ASM enables operators the ability to access an unobstructed view of the plant’s process during an incident in an effort to react faster to any situation. ASM provides improved plant availability, reduced downtime, improved productivity and cost reductions.

Bedrock Automation, Open Secure Automation (OSA) Remote Controller

The OSA remote controller is a compact, standalone module that reduces costs and increases productivity. The controller can operate within a wide temperature range. It includes built-in encryption and authentication for increased cybersecurity protection, and provides advanced analytics and soft-programmable input/output on every channel.

Emerson, DeltaV PK Controller

Emerson’s DeltaV PK controller is the hydrocarbon industry’s first automation controller that can operate in the field and function on a plant skid—both standalone—or natively merge into a DCS. The new controller simplifies capital projects by enabling skid builders to design and produce skids, while eliminating costs, time and risks associated with integrating a programmable logic controller (PLC) into their control system.

Schneider Electric, EcoStruxure Profit Advisor

From the equipment asset level of a plant to the process unit, plant site and enterprise levels, the EcoStruxure Profit Advisor solution measures and controls the real-time profit performance of the entire industrial operation. Developed through a partnership with Seeq, the IIoT-enabled solution applies big data analytics and patented real-time accounting models to identify potential profitable improvements.

Siemens, SIMATIC PCS 7 v9.0

The latest version of SIMATIC, a proven process control system, focuses on digitalization right through to the field level. Version 9.0 allows for greater plant design and operation by including hardware products that support PROFINET—Siemens’ Industrial Ethernet standard for automation, which provides plantwide communication in real time.


Albemarle Corp., Granite FCC Catalysts

Utilizing newly developed matrix/binder systems, Granite fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts provide refiners increased profitability through improved zeolite stability, better bottoms upgrading and improved coke selectivity while achieving targeted product yields.

KBR, Solid Acid Alkylation Technology (K-SAAT)

At the core of KBR’s K-SAAT process is the solid-acid catalyst technology (ExSact) that generates high-octane alkylate without the dangers and costs associated with liquid acid technology. The stable catalyst performance greatly simplifies the overall process design, which reduces the capital costs of the alkylation plant while reducing energy consumption.

The Gemini process, based on the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM), provides a commercial pathway to produce ethylene from methane. OCM is a catalyst mediated reaction that converts methane, in the presence of oxygen, to ethylene. Siluria developed its novel OCM catalysts by synthesizing, screening and refining more than 90,000 catalyst compounds, resulting in the identification of catalysts that meet performance requirements necessary for commercial production.


McDermott, Benz-Free Technology

Benz-Free technology is a cryogenic, heavy hydrocarbon removal process for LNG applications that accommodates
a wide range of feed gas pressures, compositions, richness
and freeze component concentrations.

Schlumberger, Integrated Gas Processing Facility Project

The operator of a greenfield development in Egypt needed
a 350-MMscfd onshore sour gas production facility to be designed and commissioned in limited time. Schlumberger provided a holistic solution through OneSurface—a reservoir-driven, fit-for-purpose integrated production system for maximizing project economics—to handle the volume of produced natural gas and condensate and enable the
operator to achieve an accelerated cash flow.

Siemens, LNGo System

Capable of producing up to 30 Mgpd of LNG, the modular
and compact micro-scale LNG production plant can be tailored to meet national codes and standards with short cycle times. The plant is a standardized product made up of packaged modules that work together to offer a decentralized, distributed approach to produce LNG. These plants provide operators a way to monetize natural gas that would have been flared. They also provide a production route for natural gas fields that are not in close proximity to existing pipeline infrastructure, and provide fuels for LNG-powered vehicles.


Byco Petroleum Pakistan Ltd.,Repair to Pakistan’s Largest Storage Tank

This project involved the replacement of the roof of Pakistan’s largest storage tank. Byco Petroleum Pakistan Ltd. replaced the 70-m, 300-t floating roof safely.

Siemens, Turbine Retrofit

This project involved the retrofit, installation and upgrade of
two gas and liquid fuel turbines on an ADNOC offshore platform. The work was completed with a zero recordable
injury record.

Zeeco Inc., FlareGuardian Technology

This new direct flare combustion efficiency measurement and monitoring technology directly, autonomously and continuously monitors flare performance in real time to provide faster and more accurate data. Known as video imaging spectro-radiometry (VISR), the technology utilizes a multi-spectral IR imager to simultaneously measure the relative concentrations of the products of combustion, carbon dioxide and unburned hydrocarbons at the pixel level.


Brüel & Kjær Vibro, DDAU3 Condition Monitoring Unit

The DDAU3 condition monitoring unit was specifically designed to be an intelligent, edge device for cloud solution monitoring systems, and to provide high levels of cybersecurity. The unit also provides high-level measurements for optimal diagnostics and root cause analysis.

Clearview Sensing, OilWatcher Technology

OilWatcher technology provides real-time readings of oil-in-water concentrations from 0.1 ppm to 10%. The primary applications of the technology are to monitor discharge and reinjection water quality, determine the effectiveness of oily water treatment techniques and gain a better understanding
of oil within the process flow.

Emerson Automation Solutions, Rosemount 5408 Non-Contacting Radar Level Transmitter

This non-contacting radar level transmitter uses enhanced technology and human-centered design to deliver accurate, reliable measurements on both liquid and solid materials. The technology deploys a continuous echo to maximize radar signal strength and produce a more robust and reliable measurement.

Schneider Electric, Foxboro S-Series Pressure Transmitter

The new field-proven S-series pressure transmitter contains 11 calibration lines, provides high-accuracy measurements, reduces inventory requirements, and provides absolute and differential pressure measurements at high turndowns.

United Electric Controls, Vanguard WirelessHART Gas Detector

The Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector, which boasts a battery life of more than 5 yr, augments combustible
(and toxic) gas detection coverage for any hydrocarbon processing facility without the need for power and signal wiring. The device’s plug-and-play technology allows it to integrate with other WirelessHART-enabled devices. This allows the device to be installed anywhere in the network to provide an instant gas monitoring point.


AVEVA, SimCentral Simulation Platform

The SimCentral simulation platform incorporates all of a company’s simulation needs into one platform. The technology allows users to streamline process design, collaborate for process improvement and simplify modeling complexity.

Petrofac, Electrical, Instrument and Telecom (EIT) Automation

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) involves intensive design and engineering work. Engineering companies use high-end engineering software to carry out calculations, simulations, 3D modeling, design and construction drawings. Under Petrofac’s EIT automation initiative, a centralized database was created to host all disciplines’ material data. The use of a web-based platform allowed the company to access the data from all of its global offices and engineering centers.

Process System Enterprise, gPROMS Refinery Fouling Manager

The gPROMS refinery fouling manager is a tool for monitoring and managing fouling in oil refinery heat exchanger networks, and optimizing the maintenance schedules for cleaning exchangers. The tool combines plant data with predictive optimization models of the process. It exploits the redundancy between model predictions and plant data to continuously monitor heat exchanger network performance to monitor fouling and the costs associate with it, determine which exchangers need to be cleaned and when, and optimize split flows between trains to maximize preheat train performance.

Siemens, SIMIT Simulation Platform

The SIMIT simulation platform enables comprehensive testing of automation applications and provides a realistic training environment for operators to use, even before the real startup. This tool allows operators to learn the facility’s process, control system and HMI in a risk-free environment.

Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (SIPCHEM), Tetrahydrofuran (THF) Plant Design

SIPCHEM completed a systematic study to achieve pharma-grade THF product with 99.96 wt% purity and a water moisture level of less than 150 ppm. The study was of the separation of the THF-water mixture with high-pressure distillation by using the Redfrac column to break the binary azeotrope to achieve moisture less than 150 ppm. The study was rigorously modeled on process simulation software from AspenTech.


DuPont Clean Technologies, Convex Hydrofluoric (HF) Alkylation Conversion Technology

This technology converts existing HF alkylation production facilities to the sulfuric acid alkylation process, while providing refiners with the opportunity to more than double unit capacity at 40%–60% of the cost of building a new plant. The impact of the new technology is significant given the continued focus on safety for refinery personnel and surrounding communities and the growing octane gap in developing regions across the globe.

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd., Anode Grade Coker Technology

This process has been successfully commercialized in a 600-Mtpy coker unit at the Barauni refinery in India. The coker unit, which was being operated at a high recycle ratio for producing anode-grade coke, is now able to produce coke of the same quality at a low optimal recycle ratio, with a higher distillate yield of approximately 4 wt% and a lower coke make of near-equivalent value.

KBR, Asphaltene integrated Management Solution (AiMS)

In combination with KBR’s ROSE solvent deasphalting (SDA) technology, AiMS—a simple solidification process—has been highly successful in meeting residue upgrading demand to enable refiners to adhere to IMO 2020 fuel specifications. This integrated offering is available as a modular option, which provides refiners a reliable and cost-effective solution to sustain and improve margins.


This technology produces high-octane isomerate in a highly flexible and compact design, with minimum energy requirements. MAX-ISOM uses a unique catalytic distillation column designed to generate high conversion of n-paraffins to iso-parrafins in a single column, which substantially reduces capital and operating expenditures. This technology can produce high-quality isomerate research octane of 91–92 research octane number (RON) within a single column.

Sinopec, LTAG

Light cycle oil (LCO) is an important byproduct of the FCC process. Due to the increasing severity of FCC operations, LCO with a higher aromatic content and lower cetane number is no longer appropriate as a blending component for clean diesel, even after being hydrogenated. To meet the urgent requirements for gasoline consumption and diesel quality, LTAG converts inferior LCO into gasoline with a high RON.


Dr. Madhukar Garg, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Dr. Garg is the President of Refining and Petrochemicals Research and Development for Reliance Industries Ltd.
He began his career with Engineers India Ltd., and has held senior positions at several Indian companies. His areas of expertise include liquid-liquid extraction, pinch technology and process integration, advanced process control and optimization, among others. He has authored more than 200 technical/conference articles and has 40 patents to his name.

Dr. Pat Kennedy, OSIsoft

Dr. Kennedy is the founder and CEO of OSIsoft, a global software corporation. Prior to founding the company,
Dr. Kennedy worked as a research engineer for Shell Development Co. and as an applications consultant for Taylor Instrument Co. He has authored numerous technical papers and has been the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame.

Norman Lieberman, Process Improvement Engineering

Mr. Lieberman began his career in 1965 with Amoco Oil, where he designed the first complex fractionator using a computer simulation. He has authored more than 100 articles, as well as 11 technical engineering books that are focused on solving processing problems. His continuing education courses on troubleshooting process operations have been attended by more than 18,000 engineers and technicians since 1983. Mr. Lieberman specializes in the retrofit design of crude units, FCU fractionators, delayed cokers, sulfuric acid and alkylation plants, and sulfur recovery units.

Lee Solomon, Solomon Associates

Mr. Solomon is the founder of Solomon Associates, a company that benchmarks 95% of the world’s petroleum refineries. His ideas and methods have been expanded to provide benchmarking of not only refinery operations, but also lube refinery operations, aromatics and olefins facilities, power plants, terminals, natural gas processing plants, and offshore and onshore production facilities.


Paul Duhon, Dow Chemical

Mr. Duhon is the unit leader and hydrocarbon raw material center leader for Dow Chemical’s propylene dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in Freeport, Texas, where he is the most senior production engineer and is responsible for all production planning. He joined Dow in 2009 and made an immediate impact by managing maintenance for large rotating equipment at the company’s refinery in St. Charles, Louisiana. Mr. Duhon has received several Dow Technology awards over the course of his career.

Bob Halgren, Emerson

Mr. Halgren led the effort within Emerson to discover a better way to integrate, automate and control skid-based processes to reduce project capital expenses and provide performance gains over the life of a refining or petrochemical facility. His research led to two significant innovations: the development of an easier way to configure control strategies and the building of advanced control capabilities into the product. His analysis, engineering expertise and relevant
work experience led to the development of Emerson’s
DeltaV PK controller.

Sabrina Hermann, Siemens

Ms. Hermann is the first woman appointed to the head of Siemens’ regional office in Dusseldorf, Germany.
She began her career with Siemens in 2008 and has held various international sales and marketing functions for the company’s oil and gas business units, including head of sales for the Southeast Asia downstream market, Vice President of sales management for new equipment (Dresser-Rand) and head of Siemens’ Building Technologies business in Western Germany. She was also instrumental in leading the integration efforts of the Dresser-Rand and Siemens organizations.

Balivada Ravi Kumar, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOCL)

Mr. Kumar is a key member of IOCL’s units, including coprocessing, INDAdeptG, INDSelectG and INDSN technologies. He has been granted six patents (with one pending), and has authored dozens of technical articles, conference papers, lectures and internal reports. He has received four national awards from the Indian government
and two international awards.

Bryant Lynch, Fluor

With two pending patents and 12 projects, Mr. Lynch has become one of Fluor’s go-to specialists for gas processing simulations and conceptual designs. He was instrumental in the development of the company’s ultra-sour gas processing solution, which has the potential to increase the supply of clean natural gas to power the world’s energy needs. With a little more than 5 yr of experience, Mr. Lynch leads studies and simulations for gas processing projects around the world.

Ahmed Al Own, Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC)

Mr. Own leads a team of engineers to support KNPC’s gas processing facilities. He began his career as a process engineer for KNPC’s 1.5-Bcfd gas processing complex, and actively participated in various stages of the company’s
ethane recovery project. He has presented more than 10 technical papers for industry conferences, and is a member of several professional organizations, such as the Kuwait Society of Engineers and the Gas Processors Association–
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). He is also a member of the Strategy 2040 team, which plans the path forward for Kuwait’s gas processing capability. HP

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