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Conceptualizing a mega-integrated refinery and petrochemical complex: A case study
Aromatics / Carbon Management / Catalysts / Construction / Crude oil / Diesel / Distillation / Economics / Environment & Safety / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Gasoline / Asia/Pacific / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / Naphtha / Octane / Piping / Polymers / Products / Pumps / Reactors / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Safety / Utilities
<i>Integration</i> is the new keyword for sustainability and profit in today’s oil and gas market scenario.
Eight strategies to minimize capital expenditures for a better bottom line
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The following are eight strategies to help reduce engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project costs, along with tips to maximize the value of both existing assets and new investments for refiners and producers.
Capital projects are making a comeback, but are EPC firms ready?
Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Products / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Process Control / Project Management / Refining / Middle East / Europe / Asia/Pacific / Americas
After several years of cutting costs to align to the reality of fewer and smaller capital projects, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms are now forging ahead as the industry recovers.
Process design consideration for a deep-cut vacuum distillation unit—Part 2
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Distillation / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Products / Pumps / Reactors
Recently, many US refineries have been reconfigured to process heavy opportunistic sour crudes.
Maintenance and Reliability
Maintenance and turnaround planning critical to successful ejector vacuum system operation
Steam ejector vacuum systems are generally considered to be reliable and require little maintenance.
Determine root causes of undesirable petcoke properties from the DCU
The delayed coking unit (DCU) is the technology of choice for the upgrade of heavy hydrocarbon residues—i.e., bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading.
Confirm best practices for compressed air in refineries
Within a refinery, four main utilities are considered essential to operations: electricity, natural gas, water and compressed air.
HP Top Project Awards
Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects presently under construction, as chosen by HP editors and readers
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Aromatics / Catalysts / Construction / Desulfurization / Crude oil / Diesel / Distillation / Engineering & Design / Environment / Gasoline / Hydrocracking / Hydrotreating / Management / Naphtha / Octane / Polymers / Products / Reactors / Sulfur / Treating / Middle East / Asia/Pacific / Americas / Africa
The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.
Process Control and Instrumentation
It’s not double trouble—it’s digital twingenuity
Environment & Safety / Analyzers / Construction / Corrosion / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Information Systems / Management / Petrochemicals / People / Products / Pumps / Reactors / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Process Optimization / Refining
Much ink has been spilled over the concept known as the “digital twin.”
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Advanced biological treatment removes benzene, phenol from refinery wastewater
Historically, US regulators have not required benzene and phenol monitoring for wastewater from oil refining, petrochemical processing, coking or coal gasification operations.
Environment and Safety
Editorial Comment: HPI spending in 2019 forecast at $375 B
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Construction / Desulfurization / Distillation / Economics / Environment / Natural Gas / Products / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
Regulations, feedstock advantages, supply/demand gaps, etc., are resulting in a surge of new capital investments around the world.
Reliability: Use procedures to do your job well
Disregard for following detailed procedures at a petrochemical plant in Illinois proved costly.
Africa: Troubled Nigerian refineries hamper petrochemicals growth
Nigeria’s petroleum industry has had its fair share of upheavals, ranging from insecurity that hampers upstream operations to low global oil prices that constrain midstream and downstream investments.
Europe: Russia to fight for global oil products market despite sanctions pressure
Russia plans to significantly increase its oil products to foreign markets, despite the ongoing pressure of Western sanctions and the complex situation in the country’s domestic refining industry, according to recent statements by representatives of Russia’s leading oil corporations and senior officials of the country’s Ministry of Energy.
Supply Chain: Preparing for digital downstream supply chain capabilities
Several major downstream companies have recently embarked upon large-scale digital transformations with anticipated capital spending tallying in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Viewpoint: The opportunity for greater growth and value—Considerations for crude-to-chemicals projects
Aromatics / Catalysts / Construction / Crude oil / Distillation / Economics / Engineering & Design / Products / Refining / Project Management / Process Optimization / Petrochemicals
Industry players are focused on upgrading to higher-growth, higher-value chemical products.
Trends & Resources
Industry Perspectives: IMO 2020—What is your say?
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Refining / Desulfurization / Diesel / Economics / Equipment / Environment / Natural Gas
In 2020, new International Maritime Organization (IMO) marine fuel regulations will go into effect.
Business Trends: The case for teaching competence—Part 1
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Management / People
Readers who have had the misfortune of being drawn into debates over the precise definitions of words or terms might agree that much time can be lost in unproductive squabbling.
Analyzers / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Products / Valves
Designed for hazardous, wet or corrosive locations, such as oil refineries and chemical plants, the Appleton PlexPower motor starter provides electrical apparatus protection combined with the convenience and savings of off-the-shelf components.
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