Process Optimization

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

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.

Circular Economy: Innovative recycling, driving circularity while decarbonizing the petrochemical industry

Plastic pollution’s environmental challenges, as well as new government legislation, are having a significant impact on the plastics industry.

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.

Plastics circularity: How to solve the challenge of retaining quality in recycled polymers

Businesses and governments around the world have united behind the vision of a circular economy for plastics.

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.