Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

August 2023


Special Focus—Plant Safety and Environment

The roles of operations teams in handling emergency incidents in oil refineries and petrochemical plants
Yaron Nimrod Engineering Consulting: Nimrod, Y.

A fire incident in an oil refinery or petrochemical plant can be a very frightening event—the vast flames, the noises, the smells, and the feeling that at any moment, everything might explode.

HFC detection using optical gas imaging increases safety/efficiency while reducing emissions
Teledyne FLIR: O’Neill, C.
Contributing Author: Chochran, R. A.

The use of optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras has benefited the oil and gas industry greatly by improving worker safety and plant efficiency while reducing emissions; however, the technology has yet to gain a similar foothold in the petrochemical industry, despite offering similar advantages.

Make accident investigations water-tight
Contributing Author: Khan, A. J.

Accident investigations are to a safety manager as a stethoscope is to a doctor.

Plant Design, Engineering, Construction and Commissioning

The importance of operational readiness
JEM Advisors: Ladnier, G.  |  Straker, B.  |  Hanson, T.  |  Kenyon, R.
GMcLeodConsulting LLC: McLeod, G.
Austin Mattson Project Management: Mattson, A.

Over the last 20 yr–30 yr, manufacturing facilities and project teams have spent significant time and money developing tools to navigate the issues of designing, procuring and building projects.

Carbon Capture/CO2 Mitigation

How digital is essential for carbon capture at scale
Aspen Technology: Muñoz, G.

Energy and chemical companies around the globe obtain value from digitalization across all stages of the asset lifecycle, from design to operations.

The challenges in carbon capture, utilization and storage deployment
Fluor: Rastogi, A.

Global demand for crude oil, natural gas, coal and other fossil fuels is continuously increasing in various industries and petrochemical plants.

Maintenance and Reliability

Challenges faced during liner installation of a reciprocating makeup compressor
Saudi Aramco: Alqahtani, M.

A hydrocracker makeup compressor in a refinery in Saudi Arabia failed during operation. Upon internal inspection of the compressor, it was found that the cylinder liner was cracked and needed a replacement (FIG. 1).

Flooded condenser vents for pressure control
Contributing Author: Sharma, A.

Of the condensers in process industries such as refineries and petrochemical facilities, many are flooded-type condensers.

Valve, Pumps and Turbomachinery

Control reciprocating compressor pressure pulsations to ensure long-term operational reliability
Contributing Author: Eshaghi, M.
Consultant: Perez, R. X.

Reciprocating compressors receive and deliver gas in discrete slugs (or pulses) as the pistons move back and forth.

Select the appropriate construction materials for valves and accessories
Emerson: Babakr, A.  |  J. Griffin

In refineries and petrochemical plants, valves and related components often come into contact with process media.

Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation

The process control journey: Primary process control—Part 1
OQ Specialty Chemicals: McBul, S.

When addressing process controls, the immediate interest is to invest in advanced process control (APC) technology without knowing the performance and stability of complex wide primary (PID) control.

Understanding and applying radiometric level and density profiling
Endress+Hauser: Thomas, M.  |  Droughton, K.

There are several reasons to quantify and qualify the material properties of liquids in vessels and pipes.


Case study: Gas turbine generator fleet optimization
Greenfern Dynamics: La Grange, G.
Woodside Energy Ltd.: Allan, D.

Cost reduction has always been an important focus for industrial plants to improve their bottom lines.

Process safety: Protecting LNG processes
REMBE GmbH Safety & Control: Lloyd, C.

At roughly 50 yr old, the liquified natural gas (LNG) industry is a relatively new part of the global energy market.

Plant Turnaround and Project Management

Take the anxiety out of plant turnarounds
Emerson: Lindhjem, E.

The months leading into an impending turnaround (TAR) have never been an easy time for operations and maintenance personnel.


Editorial Comment: Ensuring everyone goes home safely: Advancing safety systems in the HPI is imperative
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

One operational aspect that should never be overlooked in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is safety.

Digital Technologies: A sustainable approach for digitalizing the petrochemical industry
Pharos University: Ezzat, A. A.

In the petrochemical industry, business leaders are continuing to push for new approaches to optimize technology applications without disrupting their operational targets and key performance indicators.

Global Project Data
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,050 active projects in the HPI.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Flowserve Corp., a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, has released the Flowserve FlowSync™ Bluetooth Actuator App.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Radix Engineering expands U.S. operations, appoints Alexander Clausbruch as North America CEO