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Improve welding technology for heavy-wall pressure vessels in creep-resistant steel

The standard practice recommended for high-pressure vessels with heavy wall thickness requires the implementation of weld joint preparation with a narrow gap technique. This generally calls for a two-beads-per-layer sequence, along with the use of the submerged arc welding (SAW) process.

Use online analyzer technology to optimize CCR unit operations

First, we must consider the background: Why is optimization of refinery process units so common and so necessary, and what analytical tools exist to help?

Use your data to its full potential to prevent outages
Creef, B., HIMA Americas, Inc.

In a process plant, the safety system is responsible for the protection of personnel, resources and the environment, by taking the plant to a safe state in the event of a fault. However, is the system capable of contributing more to the plant’s uptime and profitability?

Eliminate mechanical seal failure in a crude distillation unit
Telmesani, A. A., Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF) Ltd.

Multiple mechanical seal failures in a crude distillation unit (CDU) resulted in total losses of $3 MM in a refinery since its startup in January 2015. The maximum seal life achieved did not exceed 6 mos, which was much shorter than the American Petroleum Institute (API) 682 “Advancements in Mechanical Sealing” goal of 3 yr of seal life.

Business Trends: The impact of industrial analytics on the chemical industry
Vesely, E., Presenso

The opportunities for industrial analytics within the chemical industry, and how advances in machine learning can impact revenue, operations, employee safety and capital investments, are analyzed here.

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Project: Kallo highly reactive polyisobutene
Location: Kuantan, Malaysia
Operator: BASF PETRONAS Chemicals
Cost: $500 Million
Capacity: 50,000 metric tons
Completion date: 2018
Status: Completed
Project: German LNG Import Terminal Project
Location: Brunsbuttel, Germany
Operator: Gasunie
Capacity: 5 Bcfd
Completion date: 2022
Status: Planning
Project: EPCL PVC Plant Project
Location: Karachi, Pakistan
Operator: Engro Polymer and Chemicals Limited
Cost: $90.8 MM
Capacity: 100 Mtpy
Completion date: 2020
Status: Proposed
Project: Acrylic Acid, Super Adsorbent Polymer Expansion
Location: Yeousu, South Korea
Operator: LG Chemical
Cost: $278 MM
Capacity: 180,000 tpy of crude acrylic acid, 100,000 tpy of super absorbent polymer
Completion date: First half of 2019
Status: Investing