Maintenance & Reliability

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).

Reliability: Consider packaged twin-screw compressors

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Compressors are widely used in the process industries to move fluids and gases within and outside the boundary of a process.

Editorial Comment: Pathways towards a more sustainable HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Among the dominant, far-reaching themes within the global refining and petrochemicals industries are the increase in biofeedstocks processing to produce biofuels and greener petrochemicals, the continued push towards clean fuels production, regulations and initiatives to adhere to net-zero emissions targets, and a surge in capital investments to build renewables and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) plants.

Mechanical impact of rerating process equipment

Rupesh, S., Independent Consultant

Process equipment operating in a brownfield environment is often rerated pertaining to the changes in process parameters during debottlenecking.

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

Reynolds, S., AVEVA

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

Air-cooled heat exchanger operation under emergency cooling service

Pramanik, R., Consultant

One of the challenges in the operation of air cooled heat exchangers (ACHEs) is to decide whether or not to operate under natural convection.

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.

Combating naphtha reflux section corrosion mechanism and production losses in a CDU

Gezer, N., Kahraman, K., Tüpraş

Corrosion is one of the most important challenges that refineries face (FIG. 1).1

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.