Loss Prevention

Evaluate options for decarbonizing petroleum refineries

Singh, R., Bechtel India

The energy transition requires rebuilding the energy supply infrastructure for a lower-carbon economy and renewable energy generation for industry and transportation that run more on electricity and hydrogen and less on fossil fuels and provide a circular path for consumer plastics. The growth in global oil demand is predicted to end within 10 yr, but it is still too early to foresee a rapid decline in that demand.

Environment and Safety: Gas flaring: Necessary, or a waste of resources and a source of greenhouse gases?

Rastogi, A., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

Flaring is the controlled burning of hydrocarbons at oil refineries, gas processing plants and petrochemical plants.

Optimization: Integrity operating windows management

Anwer, A., Contributing Editor

Operations in the oil and gas, petrochemical and refining industries pose a higher risk when failures occur in identifying ongoing damage mechanisms within static equipment.

Process Control, Instrumentation and Automation: Distillation column DCS control configuration

Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

Is there a consensus about a distillation column distributed control system (DCS) control strategy? Much has been written about this topic, covering configuration possibilities, constraints and interacting control considerations.

Advanced cleaner technology: Leveraging tailored solutions for reliability goals

Hannon, J., ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants

Operators at refineries, petrochemical plants and power generation companies are under constant pressure to reduce maintenance and operational costs, boost productivity, minimize risk of unplanned outages and maximize time between overhaul periods.

Save energy and reduce CO2 emissions with closed-loop optimization of utilities networks

Lodolo, S., Aspen Technology

Oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical companies face the difficult challenge of maximizing profitability while achieving aggressive decarbonization objectives set for 2030 and beyond.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1960s: Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes

High risk, high stakes: Why digitalization is critical for hydrocarbon processing

Reynolds, S., AVEVA

Hydrocarbon processing, by nature, is a high-risk operation.

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.

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.