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FTO: An enabling emission control technology for petrochemical plant expansions
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Carbon Management / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Furnaces / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Natural Gas / Polymers / Americas
For the petrochemical industry, the U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) has the locational advantage of proximity to cheap feedstock, and to an abundance of pipeline infrastructure and terminals for export markets.
Protect your assets and our environment
Process cooling usually comprises the largest part of the water footprint of a refinery or petrochemical plant.
Optimize flare gas recovery system design to reduce emissions
Environment & Safety / Refining / Acid Gas Removal / Carbon Management / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Safety / Asia/Pacific
Emissions from flares worsen air quality and produce waste gas. A flare gas recovery system is designed to facilitate CO<sub>2</sub> reduction.
Achieve process safety, asset integrity and reliability with an integrated HAZOP study
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Environment / Heat Transfer / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Safety
Abnormal situations in refining and petrochemical plant operations can interfere with plant reliability and efficient operations, especially for highly complex processes.
Reboiler pinch: An approach to optimize flare system design during FEED
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Carbon Management / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Greenhouse Gases / Heat Transfer / Loss Prevention / Natural Gas / Middle East
A process plant’s pressure relief and flare systems are critical safety elements.
When toxic risk cannot be prevented, mitigate consequences of H2S with fluid curtains
Toxic risk preferably should be controlled according to Kletz’s inherent safety principle, which consists of some preventive golden rules, notably <ital>minimize, substitute, moderate</ital> and <ital>simplify</ital>.
Hydrocarbon Processing Awards WINNERS 2020
Hydrocarbon Processing 2020 Awards WINNERS
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<i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i>, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the winners for its third annual awards.
Shape the refinery of the future through integration—Part 2
Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the September issue, discussed various aspects of evaluating options that enable an existing refiner to make investment decisions to optimally diversify into petrochemicals through integration. Part 2 will detail a case study that illustrates the synergies of refinery-petrochemical integration through a propylene recovery unit from an FCC-based refinery, as well as financial, configuration and sensitivity analyses.
Maximize FCC product yields with a specialty catalyst formulation
Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) is one of the most important conversion processes used in petroleum refineries and has been in use for more than 75 yr.
Process Control, Instrumentation and Automation
Reduce gasoline blending giveaway with inline blending and online analyzers
Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Economics / Equipment / Gasoline / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Octane
With best available technology, how much practical reduction in giveaway can be achieved, with the caveat that there is no such thing as “zero error” in value measurements? Also, can those numbers change if inline blending is used? This article seeks to answer both questions.
Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery
Mitigate transient/hydraulic surge in liquid pipelines with nozzle check valves
Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Refining / Engineering & Design / Loss Prevention / Piping / Safety / Valves
Liquid pipelines often come across hydraulic transients, which can damage pipelines and associated equipment (i.e., pumps, valves, stations, etc.).
Editorial Comment: Hydrocarbon Processing’s 2020 Top Projects award nominees revealed
Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Polymers / Products / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
<i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> has announced the nominees for its annual Top Projects awards.
Reliability: Tips on marketing to the reliability-focused
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Economics / Equipment / Management / People
Technical writers and other communicators occasionally have cause to think about matters having to do with publication practices and why some publications have higher quality or more reader-relevant illustrations than others.
Maintenance: Zero-based, custom-built, reliability-driven—A new kind of maintenance organization
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Project Management / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Management / People / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Americas
In the October 2018 issue of <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i>, the authors published an article—“Improving plant performance by changing a maintenance culture”—describing the first two years of Eastman Chemical Co.’s Longview, Texas site’s journey to maintenance excellence, which began in 2016.
Safety: Strategic considerations in contemporary process safety management
During this unprecedented industry crisis spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the process industry’s response has been multi-faceted, showing its generosity and humanitarian side, as well as its collective resilience to an environment filled with formidable challenges.
Safety: Addressing corrosion at petrochemical plants starts with carbon
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Analyzers / Corrosion / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Piping / Safety / Americas
Maintaining the structural integrity of a pipeline is a significant investment of time and resources for organizations in the oil and gas industry.
South America: State reform to boost investment attractiveness of Brazilian refining
Brazil’s refining industry is on the verge of large-scale change. Its recent steps toward de-monopolization and liberalization, as well as the divestment of refining assets by state-owned oil major Petrobras, are propelling Brazilian refining in a more attractive direction for investment.
Automation: Significant improvement of soft sensor estimation by automation in bias correction
The main objective of any industry is to operate as close as possible to the point where profits are maximized.
Digital: Enable reliable operations in a volatile oil and gas market
Hydrocarbon processing businesses increase profitability and survivability by optimizing production and/or reducing expenses to maximize profitability—or in the extreme, cash flow.
Trends and Resources
Industry Perspective: IRPC Americas ONLINE: A sincere thanks
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Aromatics / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Catalysts / Desulfurization / Distillation / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Hydrocracking / Hydrotreating / Loss Prevention / Octane / Polymers / Products / Treating / Americas
Each year, <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> hosts events to bring together professionals in the oil and gas industry to share ideas and knowledge on the latest advancements in processing technologies and operations.
Business Trends: Autonomous operations in process manufacturing—Part 2
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Analyzers / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Products / Rotating Equipment / Utilities
The purpose of this article is to demonstrate an autonomous operations (AO) vision, along with its feasibility, by conceptualizing a roadmap where meaningful progress can be achieved in a horizon of 3 yr–20 yr.
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