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History of the HPI: The 1960s: Synthetic oils, zeolite catalysts, LLDPE, OPEC and and creation of the PLC

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

During the 1960s, the global refining and petrochemical industries witnessed new processes and products that enhanced the daily lives of millions of people around the world.

Overview of decarbonization pathways for the oil and gas and petrochemical industries—Part 1

Buehler, J., Petrogenium, Buehler Consulting

This two-part article will cover the seven pathways to decarbonizing the oil and gas and petrochemical industries.

Business Trends: Insights from the 2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis

Achacoso, M., HSB Solomon Associates LLC

The author’s company recently completed its data analysis for the 2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis (Fuels Study).

Use straightforward troubleshooting and failure analysis to benefit the HPI

Paradies, M., System Improvements, Inc.; Bloch, H. P., Process Machinery Consulting

To operate reliably and profitably, oil refineries, petrochemical plants and gas processing facilities must avoid equipment failures.

Blockchain and the downstream segment: Increasing efficiency through technology

Laturkar, K., Facility for Rare Isotope Beams; Laturkar, K., Validation Associates LLC

Oil and gas companies are finding creative ways to look for solutions to new problems in the face of climate change and growing environmental awareness.

Industry Pioneers: Cracking technology, catalysts, polymers and zeolites

Sharma, Sumedha, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Donald Campbell, Eger Murphree, Homer Martin and Charles Tyson—often called the ‘Four Horsemen’—are credited with the landmark invention of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC).

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1950s: Capacity expands after WW2 and technologies and maintenance mature

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1950s by Petroleum Refiner, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing.

History of the HPI: The 1950s: Capacity expansion, HDPE/PP, polycarbonate, computers and rocket science

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The 1950s marked an evolution in the use of oil by nations around the world.

Investigation and diagnosis of startup foaming issues at a new tail gas treater

In May 2021, Phillips 66 started up a new methyl diethanolamine (MDEA)-based tail gas unit at its Belle Chasse, Louisiana, refinery.

The EPC executive’s challenge and opportunity: Navigating the sustainability shift in capital projects

Beck, R., Aspen Technology Inc.

According to an industry report published by McKinsey and Co., accelerating the decarbonization of the U.S. economy to achieve net-zero targets by 2050 will require approximately $275 T of cumulative capital spending over the next 30 yr.1