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Case study: Improve vacuum tower operation with VFD addition
Alshaye, A., Saudi Aramco

The bottom pump in crude vacuum units is an area of concern for almost all petroleum oil refineries. The harsh operating parameters in which these pumps operate, including high product temperature and significant vacuum suction pressure, have resulted in frequent vacuum tower upsets and low mean time between failures (MTBF) for vacuum bottom pumps.

Raising the propylene bar: Increase FCCU profitability in dynamic market conditions
Chau, C., Hu, R., Schiller, R., W. R. Grace

Today’s refining strategies rely on a constant optimization of product slate to comply with market demand and economic drivers, refining/petrochemical integration, product specifications, environmental regulations and competition.

Business Trends: The digital frontier and the process industry
Gokhale, A., Contributing Writer

Is a digital revolution underway in the process industry? For years, we have been hearing more and more about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, Connected xxx (plant, enterprise, field, performance, etc.), smart Clouds, smart devices and so on. These concepts share numerous similarities, usually with a slightly different twist depending on who is promoting or selling them. But is the hype and buzz rapidly spreading to day-to-day applications and implementations? Not quite.

CFD study of mixing performance of redistribution systems for packed columns

The maldistribution of liquid flow within long packed beds is a well-known phenomenon in distillation and absorption columns. In a packed column, the maldistribution of liquid results in differences in liquid concentration across the column.

Controlling corrosion: Case studies from amine plant operations
Daughtry, J., Teletzke, E., INEOS Oxide GAS/ SPEC Technology Group

The total annual cost of corrosion in the oil and gas production industry is estimated to be $1.372 B.1 More significantly, failures due to corrosion can result in environmental releases and injury or death of plant personnel.

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Project: Ichthys LNG Project
Location: Darwin, Austrailia
Operator: Ichthys LNG
Cost: $35 B
Capacity: 8.9 MMtpy
Completion date: 2017
Status: Underconstruction
Project: Babulwadi Petrochemical Complex Project
Location: Ratnagiri, India
Operator: Indian Oil Corp, Hindustan Petroleum Corp, Bharat Petroleum
Cost: $40 B
Capacity: 60 MMtpy
Completion date: Undetermined
Status: Proposed