Polymers

Double-suction centrifugal compressor in ethylene plant inlet piping design

Zardynezhad, S., TurboTech Consulting Corp.

Centrifugal compressors are designed with different suction nozzle orientations and impeller layouts in casing.

A novel polymerization retarder with boosted performance and improved handling characteristics

Crom, B., Hood, D., Patel, N., Hong, M., SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

Styrene monomer production plants continually face a need to slow polymerization rates in the purification section of the production process to increase monomer production rates, reduce polymerization/fouling and tar formation, and protect against equipment plugging, especially in the event of unplanned shutdowns.

Best practices for pygas-based styrene extraction

Liu, Z., Joshi, S., Ma, H., Zhang, R., Sulzer GTC Technology

Pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) is a by-produced fraction of hydrocarbons generated from a steam cracker.

How high can polyethylene and polypropylene plant capacities rise?

Divey, J. D., Polyolefins Technology Consultant

Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants are the popular downstream derivatives of ethylene crackers or petrochemical fluidized catalytic cracking (petro-FCC).

Fuels and chemicals: Finding the right refinery configuration for a less predictable world

Chaudhuri, S., Singh, R., Bechtel India

The refining industry links the upstream production of crude oil with the end markets for fuel products, as well as for the petrochemical/chemical industry.

Construction

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

TechnipFMC has begun construction on Assiut National Oil Processing Co.’s new hydrocracking complex in Egypt.

Editorial Comment: Will 2021 be a rebound year?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Needless to say, 2020 was an unprecedented year.

Optimizing methanol plant operations through minimal capital investments

Soto, J., Methanex Corp.

In the constant search for improvement, Methanex has developed a state-of-the-art project to improve plant operation at its methanol production facility in Punta Arenas, Chile (FIG. 1).

Editorial Comment: HPI spending forecast to reach $491 B in 2021

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Who could have known that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) would have been hit with such market volatility entering the new decade?

Hydrocarbon Processing Top Project Awards 2020

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.