Petrochemicals http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/RSS.aspx?FeedID=1734©2015 Hydrocarbon Processing60 Petrochemicals Advice for the downstream: Keep the faithCharles Drevna is a distinguished senior fellow of the Institue for Energy Research and the former president of AFPM. He was president of the trade association, formerly known as NPRA, from 2007 until May 2015.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465717/Advice-for-the-downstream-Keep-the-faith.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTBetter risk-management methods ensure project successManagement of project risk is a challenge under normal times, and this crucial activity is exasperated in complex projects as a result of the shale gas revolution.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465771/Better-risk-management-methods-ensure-project-success.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTChina’s ‘energy revolution’ strives for sustainable growthChina's energy demand, particularly for petroleum and other liquids, is rapidly increasing as its industrial and transportation infrastructures expand.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465762/Chinas-energy-revolution-strives-for-sustainable-growth.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTCourage amid challenge and changeEditorial commentaryhttp://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465653/Courage-amid-challenge-and-change.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTEuropean refiner revamps delayed coker to meet Euro 5 specificationsThis case study chronicles how the European refiner Rompetrol Rafinare SA upgraded its Petromidia refinery in Navodari, Romania, includingthe revamping the delayed coker unit (DCU) to address existing operating problems.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465781/European-refiner-revamps-delayed-coker-to-meet-Euro-5-specifications.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTHigher international sales boost 2015 earnings above forecast for many chemical leadersRaw materials costs continue to stay low in the US thanks to the shale boom, but the global decline in oil markets has eroded selling prices for many of the nation’s domestic chemicals and plastics producers.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465710/Higher-international-sales-boost-2015-earnings-above-forecast-for-many-chemical-leaders.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTHow to cost-effectively adapt to a tight oil worldThe increase in domestic production of light tight oil (LTO) has resulted in rapid shifts to processing these crudes in North American (NA) refineries.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465756/How-to-cost-effectively-adapt-to-a-tight-oil-world.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTHP Industry metricsUp-to-dateata tables and figures illustrate the state of the worldwide HPI, including cracking spreads, margins and utilization rates.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3466125/HP-Industry-metrics.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTHP NewsRecent news events in the global HPI.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465707/HP-News.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTHP PeopleWhat's happening in the world of HPI executives.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465708/HP-People.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTNew DevelopmentsNew product developments in the hydrocarbon processing industry.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3466847/New-Developments.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTTrends from the 2015 AFPM Maintenance and Reliability ConferenceOver the decades, there have been good and not-so-good trends presented at this event, and the 2015 maintenance and reliability conference was no exception.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3465716/Trends-from-the-2015-AFPM-Maintenance-and-Reliability-Conference.htmlWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMTAccurate rate-based modeling of acid gas and mercaptan removal using hybrid solventsPrediction of mercaptan removal from natural gas streams with liquid solvents presents significant challenges. Using an extensive experimental data collection campaign and recently improved thermodynamic models, an innovative solution has overcome these challenges and developed a rate-based model to accurately predict mercaptan removal performance. http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3458582/Accurate-rate-based-modeling-of-acid-gas-and-mercaptan-removal-using-hybrid-solvents.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMTAlkylating refinery-grade propylene offers processing opportunitiesThe propylene in this stream from FCC and coking units can be combined with isobutane in an alkylation unit to yield a high-value gasoline blending component—alkylate. http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3458158/Alkylating-refinery-grade-propylene-offers-processing-opportunities.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMTConvergence of trends supports HPI opportunitiesThe downstream industry is halfway through 2015 and the second decade of the new millennium. Great changes have occurred over the past 12 months and five years. Change is not necessarily negative; in fact, it can be a welcome event.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3457773/Convergence-of-trends-supports-HPI-opportunities.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMTEurope’s downstream industry remains resilientThe European hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is a complex set of refineries and petrochemical facilities distributed among several nations, all of which are critical to the international trading and economy of the EU.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3458598/Europes-downstream-industry-remains-resilient.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMTHP Newshttp://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3457777/HP-News.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMTManufacturing execution systems can help ‘onboard’ the next generation of workersPopulation dynamics, including the impending retirement of the “baby-boomer” generation of workers and the associated need to quickly “onboard” the next generation of workers in the downstream industries are driving new demand for collaborative production systems/manufacturing execution systems solutions.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3458062/Manufacturing-execution-systems-can-help-onboard-the-next-generation-of-workers.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMTMexican executives see new government reforms spurring petrochemical activityThe CEO of Mexico’s state-run Pemex sees Mexico’s downstream and midstream industries offering big opportunities for new and foreign investments on the heels of the country’s massive energy reform program.http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3458080/Mexican-executives-see-new-government-reforms-spurring-petrochemical-activity.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMTNew Developmentshttp://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3458099/New-Developments.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMTOutlook for UK chemical industry still optimistichttp://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3458075/Outlook-for-UK-chemical-industry-still-optimistic.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMTReducing energy costs while improving efficiencyBetter energy management can make the difference between profit and losses. The question facing owner-operators is: how to reduce energy costs while satisfying site energy needs? http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3458590/Reducing-energy-costs-while-improving-efficiency.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT