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Equipment critical analysis: The need for an effective maintenance program
Zardynezhad, S., Toyo Engineering Canada Ltd.

Oil refineries and large petrochemical plants contain thousands of pieces of process and utilities equipment that are subject to wear, erosion, deterioration, aging, etc., resulting in increasing breakdowns and outages. Imagine being a maintenance engineer and receiving 50 work orders during an overhaul with a limited budget, time, labor, spare parts, tools, machines, etc. How does that engineer prioritize the work?

Root cause analysis on bearing failure on an induced draft fan
Allah, W. K., Saudi Aramco

This case study aims to provide the root cause analysis behind bearing failure of an induced (ID) fan at a new refinery startup in 2015.

Water Management: How mobile water treatment solutions can benefit refineries
Reyes, M., Veolia Water Americas

The Coffeyville plant is the only operating plant in North America using a petroleum coke gasification process to make hydrogen, a key ingredient in its manufacturing process.

Improve energy efficiency with enhanced bundles in tubular heat exchangers
Müller, A., Kropp, A., Köster, R., BAYERNOIL Raffineriegesellschaft mbH; Fazzini, M., Koch Heat Transfer Co. LP

From 2008 to date, 45 twisted tube heat exchangers and bundles have been installed at BAYERNOIL refineries in different units and services, allowing higher heat recovery and contributing to BAYERNOIL’s energy targets.

Embracing MACs: A better way of executing automation projects
James, N., Savoie, J., Burrow Global

Historically, automation projects have been executed as single-transaction projects. Often, individual projects, along with phases within a given project, are bid with the potential for new vendors and different engineering teams.

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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
Project: Panjin Refinery and Ethylene Complex Project
Location: Panjin, China
Operator: Saudi Aramco
Cost: $10 B
Capacity: 300 Mbpd
Completion date: Undetermined
Status: Announced
Project: Nghi Son Petrochemical Refinery Complex
Location: Nghi Son, Vietnam
Operator: Petrovietnam, Idemitsu Kosan and Kuwait Petroleum International
Cost: $9 B
Capacity: 10 MMtpy
Completion date: 2018
Status: Under Construction