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Special Focus: Maintenance and Reliability
Refinery tower inspections: Discovering problems and preventing malfunctions
Piping / Project Management / Process Control / Safety / Refining / Heat Transfer / Loss Prevention / Management / Maintenance & Reliability / Environment & Safety / Engineering & Design
A previous survey identified installation mishaps to be one of the top five causes of tower malfunctions.
Highlights from a maintenance and reliability audit
Environment & Safety / Management / Maintenance & Reliability / Loss Prevention / People / Refining / Safety / Petrochemicals
Staffers in many plants in modern industry are assigned to job functions related to reliability assessment and implementation.
Shell improves asset management of instrumentation through digital transformation
In May 2019, ARC Advisory Group hosted a meeting of the European Digital Transformation Council (DTC) in conjunction with the ARC Industry Forum in Barcelona, Spain.
Alternatives to ladders and platforms for inspection and maintenance of elevated flare tips
Environment & Safety / Carbon Management / Furnaces / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Safety
Flare systems are used in refineries and chemical plants as a last line of defense for the plant by burning all unwanted gases and liquid during any upset or emergency condition.
Rapid crude yield: Merging DHAFE with HTSD
Rapid crude yield (RCY) combines a detailed hydrocarbon analysis of the front end (DHAFE) with high-temperature simulated distillation (HTSD), creating a true boiling point (TBP) curve for a crude oil sample.
Use CFD modeling to improve burner design and operation
Furnaces / Heat Transfer / Engineering & Design / Environment & Safety / Equipment / Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Process Optimization / Information Systems
Process heaters are essential pieces of equipment in the refining and petrochemical industry that are used to heat hydrocarbons to a desired temperature.
Flow modeling as a tool for WHRU performance optimization
Process Optimization / Refining / Petrochemicals / Gas Processing/LNG / Heat Transfer / Carbon Management / Environment & Safety / Information Systems
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have become a growing concern for many industrialized countries over the past few years.
Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery
Doing more with less: Extending critical fluid system resources
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Pumps / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Sulfur
Fluid system operators are tasked with maximizing value from their systems to enhance plant and refinery operations.
Causes of reduced or stopped flow in controlled-volume pumps
Controlled-volume (CV) pumps, also known as metering or dosing pumps, are designed to deliver a small quantity of fluid at a precise rate with relatively high pressure.
Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation
Envinronment and Safety
Optimize the design of amine treatment and sulfur recovery
Sour gas amine treatment and sulfur recovery facilities are required for most integrated refineries that are treating high- or medium-sulfur crudes.
Editorial Comment: The impact and response of an industry during trying times
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Alcohols / Construction / Economics / People / Products / Safety
On behalf of <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i>, we hope that you and your families and colleagues are healthy and safe during these unprecedented times.
Reliability: A good time to do reliability upgrading from home
An experienced writer of technical procedures for many years, “KM” recently gave us a stunning glimpse of the probable volume of “ripe, low-hanging fruit” that still exists in some hydrocarbon processing facilities, ready to be harvested from home.
Maintenance: How to conduct successful turnaround maintenance at refineries
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Management / Petrochemicals / People / Refining / Safety
PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that, since 2014, the oil and gas industry has put off noncritical spending to reduce costs.
Refining: Despite decline, Group 1 base stocks are here to stay
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Motors / Octane / Rotating Equipment / Safety
Given increasingly stringent automotive specifications and the advent of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur regulations, the continued decrease in Group I base stocks demand should come as no surprise for anyone in the industry.
Water Management: Minimize white rust in galvanized cooling systems
Galvanized coatings for cooling tower systems (cooling towers, evaporator tube bundles, etc.) have been used in the industry since the 1950s due to their relatively low cost and long service life.
Trends and Resources
Industry Perspectives: Work-from-home initiatives: How are you passing the time?
Often, the editors of <i>Hydrocarbon Processing’s</i> open the channels of dialogue to our global subscribers.
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Aromatics / Biofuels / Construction / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Diesel / Distillation / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Gas to liquids (GTL) / Gasoline / Hydrocracking / Hydrogen / Hydrotreating / Naphtha / Natural Gas / Octane / Polymers / Products / Sulfur / Utilities / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
Rovuma LNG, a JV comprised of ExxonMobil, Eni and China National Petroleum Corp., will likely delay its final investment decision (FID) on the group’s $30-B Mozambique LNG project.
Refinery margins came under added pressure, affected by the downturn in product consumption inflicted by COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.
Global Project Data
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Construction / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
<i>Hydrocarbon Processing’s</i> Construction Boxscore Database is tracking nearly 1,600 projects around the world.
BASF has commercially launched Fourtune, a new fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst product for gasoil feedstock.
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- RTX's Pratt & Whitney Canada and Leonardo achieve first 100% SAF flight with AW139 helicopter 12/8
- Maersk to deploy first large methanol-enabled vessel on Asia - Europe trade lane 12/8
- Shell sees $6 B in oil and gas investments in Nigeria 12/8
- Mexico's Pemex eyeing later refinery start-up date, months after initial announcement 12/8
- Indonesia's Pertamina starts carbon injection tests in Sukowati oil and gas field 12/8
Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
Long Son Petrochemicals Complex
Long Son, Vietnam
Siam Cement Group