High-performing enterprises draw on external expertise during all project phases, from scouting and front-end engineering and development through to operations.
While catalysis has made many advances in the last 90 years, the application of new technologies developed in other areas may offer great promise for future breakthroughs.
Most of the Middle Eastern countries are looking to expand further into downstream petrochemicals as opposed to exporting the building blocks.
A joint venture between Qapco1 (63.63%), Total Petrochemicals France (36.36%) and QP (Qatar Petroleum)2 (0.01%) was established in June 2002 to implement the Qatofin project. This project includes participation in one of the world’s largest ethane crackers in Ras Laffan, a linear-low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant in Mesaiseed and the related ethylene pipeline linking both sites.
Future challenges in environment and product specifications involve more sophisticated catalyst systems
A searchable database of project activity in the global hydrocarbon processing industry
Engineers and designers are highly skilled individuals. Forcing them to enter design changes using tables, forms and spreadsheets is unproductive and uneconomical, and it increases the likelihood of human error—this is the way that most instrumentation software systems currently work. For too long, software vendors have denied engineers and designers the simple practicality of a graphical visual engineering interface with “drag and drop” capability and inbuilt intelligence, ensuring changes are automatically replicated into all the associated data and databases.
D. GIBSON, AVEVA
Compared to the rest of the world, how long will the US hold its "ethane advantage" of cheap petrochemical feedstock?
Up to 5 years
Up to 10 years