- Global Energy Infrastructure
Special Focus: Materials Manufacturing
Fabrication of clad equipment and piping—Part 1
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Refining / Construction / Corrosion / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Piping / Products / Safety
For pressure vessels, heat exchangers and piping in corrosive services, the materials in contact with the process are often required to be high alloys to provide a reliable service life.
Hyper-duplex stainless steel can improve on duplex steel and nickel-based superalloy
Construction / Corrosion / Distillation / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Refining
Duplex materials have been around for a long time.
Welded plate heat exchangers cut refinery process costs—Part 1
Construction / Corrosion / Crude oil / Engineering & Design / Environment / Environment & Safety / Heat Transfer / Loss Prevention / Natural Gas / Products / Safety / Sulfur / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Refining
Plate and frame (P&F) heat exchangers were first manufactured 100 yr ago for use in the dairy industry.
Allocate new plant focus to steam system design—Part 2
Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the January 2019 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, discussed how new plant construction includes expectations for optimized production performance to achieve targeted profitability.
Feed nozzle effects on yields and operation of FCCUs
Process Optimization / Refining / Distillation / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Products / Reactors
The first-generation, proprietary feed distributorsa had open-pipe bayonets that were located at the base of the wye section/riser.
Improving resource efficiency of industrial processes with the TOP-REF methodology—Part 2
Europe / Environment & Safety / Construction / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Economics
The European TOP-REF research consortium has developed and applied a methodology to improve the resource efficiency of industrial production processes.
Maintenance and Reliability
Resolving vibration problems in a crude booster pump
Valves / Pumps / Loss Prevention / Equipment / Engineering & Design / Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Corrosion / Compressors
The pumps referred to in this article are 2,600-HP vertical pumps utilized as booster pumps for the shipment of crude oil.
Best practices in boiler maintenance and replacement
Boilers / Carbon Management / Engineering & Design / Environment & Safety / Environment / Equipment / Furnaces / Loss Prevention / Management / Refining / Americas
Refineries cannot afford a sudden boiler failure (FIG. 1). Regularly assessing the condition of boilers is vital.
Stable thermosiphon reboiler operation: With or without a valve in the inlet piping?
A reboiler provides the necessary heat duty for the separation in a distillation tower.
EPC/construction contracting—Start with the end in mind
Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Loss Prevention / Management / Safety / Americas
Large capital projects continue to be challenged by budget issues.
Environment and Safety
Hazardous area classification compliance: Focus on communication
On November 30, 2013, an explosion and fire occurred at the UCB Farchim SA site in Switzerland. Fortunately, no injuries or fatalities occurred.
Editorial Comment: The materials that advance modern life
Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East / Environment & Safety / Analyzers / Carbon Management / Construction / Corrosion / Crude oil / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Greenhouse Gases / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Refining / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Natural Gas / People / Products / Safety
Refineries and petrochemical plants contain some of the harshest environments on the planet.
Reliability: Things to ponder when specifying sensor technology for pumps
The application of wireless sensors to monitor process pump hydraulic performance and defect progression in the power end of pumps is of interest to pump users.
Refining: Extend the life of storage tanks with a novel single-coat epoxy coating
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Refining / Corrosion / Crude oil / Diesel / Environment / Safety / Americas
In the oil and gas industry, time is money.
Africa: Civil unrest dampens South Sudan’s refining aspirations
South Sudan has one of the largest proven oil reserves in sub-Saharan Africa.
Engineering Case Histories: Case 105—Temperature distribution along a flare line
During an engineer’s career, many interesting questions come up that may not have a ready or good answer.
Inspection: External visual inspection remains vital
Innovations continue to evolve at a steady pace.
Viewpoint: Shifting safety from cost to value for oil and gas companies
Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Refining / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Products / Pumps / Rotating Equipment / Safety
In today’s business and regulatory environment, controlling a refinery or other high-hazard processing plant is increasingly demanding.
Digital: Three steps to implement a 21st-century disaster recovery plan
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Products / Pumps / Reactors / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Americas
In the wake of Hurricane Florence, businesses across the US had another reminder of how unpredictable and unavoidable disasters are when they strike.
Viewpoint: European refining 2050: Turning the vision into reality
Environment & Safety / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Greenhouse Gases / Management / Products / Europe / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining
Europe’s refiners, through their industry organization Fuels Europe, have set out their long-term ambitions in a new program called Vision 2050.
Trends & Resources
Industry Perspectives: What opportunities will 2019 bring to the global HPI?
Economics / Construction / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Environment & Safety / Products / Safety / Loss Prevention / Management / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining
To continue communication and feedback with <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i>’s global audience, the editors have posted a new poll to HydrocarbonProcessing.com.
Business Trends: The state of process safety and operational risk management—Feeling the squeeze
The 2018 edition of Petrotechnics’ process safety management (PSM) and operational risk management report builds on insights gained from the 2017 survey.
US refinery margins saw losses as product stocks rose, pressured by seasonally lower gasoline demand and subdued heating oil requirements.
Global Project Data
Gas Processing/LNG / Construction / Americas / Africa / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East / Petrochemicals / Refining
According to <i>Hydrocarbon Processing’</i>s Construction Boxscore Database, more than 320 new downstream capital projects have been announced over the past year.
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