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Business Trends: Standardized modularization—Drivers, challenges and perspectives in the oil and gas industry
Eftimie, C., RTS Ltd.

Modularization is an alternative way of performing engineering aimed to reduce the number of interfaces, the total installed cost (TIC) and overall schedule length of a project, while optimizing the return on investment (ROI) and allowing standardization for similar future projects.

Viewpoint: Operational excellence—The path to world-class performance
Murray, P., Petrotechnics

Why is operational excellence (OE) increasingly being recognized as the path to world-class performance?

Enhancements in EO/EG production technology
Van Milligen, H., Shell Global Solutions International BV; VanderWilp, B., Wells, G., CRI Catalyst Co.

The markets for ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) continue to see attractive growth. This means that at least one or two new plants will need to be constructed every year if the industry is to meet forecast demand.

An investigative study for technological innovation for ethylene plants
Abdel-Aal, H. K., National Research Center (NRC)

The development of an industrial process like an ethylene (C2H4) plant requires skills and knowledge in two main subject areas: synthesis and analysis. Optimal configuration through process synthesis (PS) with selected task selection (STS) is the main theme of this work.

Shaping the future of on-purpose propylene production
Pretz, M., Fish, B., Luo, L., Stears, B., DOW Chemical Co.

In the early 2000s, very few analysts predicted the innovation that would change the landscape in the energy, refining and petrochemical sectors over the next several decades.

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Location: Wever, Iowa
Operator: OCI
Cost: $1.7 B
Capacity: 2 MMtpy
Completion date: 2017
Status: Complete
Project: Amur GPP Project
Location: Svobodny, Russia
Operator: Gazprom
Cost: $12.7 B
Capacity: 42 Bcmy
Completion date: 2019
Status: Engineering