January 2022


Special Focus: Sustainability

Sustainability through efficiency: A plan for the refining industry
Carugo, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will decrease through 2050 in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries (OECD), which includes the U.S.1

Safe and sustainable alkylation for the forward-looking refiner
Chung, W., Well Resources Inc.; Zhang, R., Zhang, X., Beijing Zhongshi Aojie Petroleum Technology Co. Ltd.; Chen, Q., Sinopec Jiujiang Co.

In a post-pandemic economy, global governments and industry participants are increasingly committing to meeting climate action targets.

Shrinking the carbon footprint: A digital transformation roadmap for green fuel producers
Harclerode, C., OSIsoft

From ethanol and renewable diesel to biofuels and gas-to-liquids, the world is moving toward low-carbon energy sources to mitigate climate change and boost energy security.

IMO 2020 impact assessment study on KIPIC Al Zour Refinery future operations
Bin Naser, A., Shameeha, F., Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. (KIPIC)

What is IMO 2020?

Taking a measured approach to climate change through continuous emissions monitoring systems

The need to reduce emissions has never been greater.

Biofuels, Alternative/Renewable Fuels

Key considerations for the design and operation of a renewable diesel unit
Green, S., ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Designs for the process configuration and operation of the unit are fundamental aspects in the production of renewable diesel.

Comparing green fuels for marine engines—Part 1
Bushiri, D., Refinery Automation Institute

The marine shipping industry, which accounts for 80% of global trade and 3% of annual global carbon emissions,1 must adhere to stringent International Maritime Organization (IMO) goals of reducing total annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50% below 2008 levels by 2050.2

Carbon Capture/CO2 Mitigation

Tips to avoid pitfalls in CO2 capture projects
Shah, G. C., Consultant

In recent years, growing concern about increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels has put mounting pressure on governments and on processing industries to curb carbon emissions.

100th Anniversary

History of the HPI-Up to the 1930s: Whales, lamps, automobiles, plastics and war
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the next 10 mos, Hydrocarbon Processing will provide a detailed history of the origins and evolution of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).

HP Flashback: Advancing processing technologies and refining operations: Excerpts from the 1920s
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1920s by The Refiner and Natural Gasoline Manufacturer, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing.

Industry Pioneers: Up to the 1930s
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Carl von Linde was a German scientist and engineer who pioneered new technologies in refrigeration and the invention of air separation and gas liquefaction processes.

Bio-Based Processing

Impact of biofeed retrofits, coprocessing on refinery amine units, SWSs and SRUs—Part 1
Le Grange, P., Tekebayev, K., Goettler, L., Kiebert, J., Sulphur Experts; Sheilan, M., Amine Experts

Diesel with a portion of biologically sourced carbon is being produced at an increasing number of conventional crude oil refineries.

Heat Transfer

Maximize value and successfully revamp a fired heater
Platvoet, E., XRG Technologies

Fired heaters are facing scrutiny because they contribute to the global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

Gas-side fouling effects on transfer-line exchangers
Manenti, G., Alfa Laval Olmi SpA

Transfer-line exchangers (TLEs) are specific shell-and-tube heat exchangers installed out of hydrocarbons steam cracking furnaces for olefins production.

Bolting material bolts-up the exchanger design
Singla, P. K., Worley

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers use multiple girth flange joints based on their Tubular Exchangers Manufacturers Association (TEMA) type to assemble shell and tube sides.


Editorial Comment: Past, present and future: Hydrocarbon Processing celebrates 100 yr of publishing
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It is my esteemed honor to announce that Hydrocarbon Processing is entering its centennial year of publishing.

Reliability: Try solving—instead of managing—equipment problems
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Good managers manage people who solve problems.

Executive Viewpoint: Decarbonizing ethylene production
Knez, S., Technip Energies

Hydrocarbon Processing (HP) sat down with Stan Knez (SK), Chief Technology Officer, Technip Energies, to get his insights on decarbonization, digital and process technologies and sustainability within the processing industries.

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery: Be cautious with systems that are not foolproof
Mishra, R., Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals and Fertilizers,

Mechanical systems, especially rotary equipment, are designed to support easy maintenance jobs with less complexity and low chances of incorrect installation.

Industry Perspectives: Hydrocarbon Processing’s Publisher recognized as 2021 Top Women in Media honoree
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing, would like to congratulate Catherine Watkins, Vice President Downstream and Publisher, Hydrocarbon Processing, Gas Processing & LNG and H2Tech, for being honored as one of the top women in media for 2021.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Eni plans to launch its 3.4-MMtpy FLNG vessel offshore Mozambique this year. The Coral Sul FLNG vessel is being built by Samsung Heavy Industries.

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Endress+Hauser has released its new Cerabar and Deltabar pressure and differential pressure instruments (FIG. 1),

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Haldor Topsoe appoints Elena Scaltritti as new Chief Commercial Officer