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Viewpoint: The need for change—Why the industry is looking at crude-to-chemicals
Birdsall, C., ExxonMobil

As the world’s population increases and living standards continue to improve, the demand for energy and chemicals is stronger than ever before.

Adapting instrumentation to the needs of refineries
Carlson, D., Cychosz, D., Emerson Automation Solutions

Oil refineries provide a smorgasbord of challenging applications for instrumentation engineers and technicians.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its second annual awards.

Ensure a truly rigorous relief valve sizing method
Guner, U., Bryan Research & Engineering, Inc.

Pressure relief valves (PRVs) protect equipment from excessive overpressure and, in case of emergency situations, they should ensure a sufficient discharge of mass to reduce the pressure below the recommended pressure limits.

Advanced process control of debutanizers makes use of inferential predictions
Ferrari, L., Harrison, P., Total; Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

Following good experience with a generalized cut-point calculation (GCC) inferential package, which models main fractionators with side streams, French energy major Total decided to experiment with a generalized distillation shortcut (GDS) inferential package, which models simpler, two-product distillation columns.

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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight

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Project: Kandym Gas Processing Plant Project
Location: Bukhara Region, Uzbekistan
Operator: Lukoil
Cost: 3.4 Million
Capacity: 8.1 Bcmy
Completion date: 2018
Status: Complete
Project: Crude Oil to Chemicals (COTC) Complex
Location: Saudi Arabia
Operator: Saudi Aramco and SABIC
Cost: $20 Billion
Capacity: 9 MMtpy
Completion date: 2025
Status: Planning
Project: Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project
Location: Portland, Texas
Operator: Gulf Coast Growth Ventures
Cost: $10 Billion
Capacity: 1.8 Mtpy
Completion date: 2024
Status: Planning
Project: ENCINA Chemicals BTX Plant Project
Location: Gillette, Wyoming
Operator: ENCINA Chemicals
Cost: Undetermined
Capacity: 100 Mtpy
Completion date: 2020
Status: Proposed