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September 1997



Cost estimating made simple
Amoco Corporation: Uppal, K. B.

Avoid preparing detailed estimate costs using this alternative method


HP Reliability: Spectrum, FFT and cepstrum analyses pinpoint machinery distress
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Familiarity with diagnostic techniques such as FFT spectrum analysis, cepstrum analysis and amplitude demodulation is vital when effectively diagnosing particular performance flaws in rotating machine..

HPInternet: Environmental Protection Agency
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a huge World Wide Web presence, but then they have a tremendous amount of information to provide Web surfers. A quick glance reveals over 45 separate EPA ..

HP Insight: Loss prevention – what it is and isn't
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

Like many managers in other companies, the HP editorial group spends part of the summer planning the next year's agenda. For HP , our “products” are the special reports that feature the main..

HPIn SHE: Culture
ility Engineering: Whetton, Chris

The distinguished professor and I stood outside the banquet hall in -20°C weather, slightly drunk, wearing full evening dress – and smoking cigars. In European academic circles, such behavio..

HPIn Processing: A refining recovery
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nakamura, D. N.

Great, it happened again. As soon as an “HP In Processing” is printed, along comes some information or an article that supports the opposite of what I had written. Just one of the occupation..

HPIn Competitiveness: Is your reliability and maintenance strategy really a strategy?
Cost Control Systems, LLC: Lamb, R. G.

Does your firm have a strategy for reliability and maintenance? How can you tell? As an acid test, two questions should be asked. Does your reliability and maintenance strategy have a direct, wides..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Roberson, M.

Krupp Uhde to supply aromatics plant Titan Petrochemicals (M) Sdn Bhd, Pasir Gudang, has awarded Krupp Uhde GmbH, Dortmund, a contract to supply engineering and equipment for an aromatics plant in ..

HP Impact: HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The North American NGL industry is the world's largest, accounting for more than 40% of global NGL production, "but appears poised to expand even further." So says a recent study, "North American NGL ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Change in Asia-Pacific fuel quality to have 'profound' global affect
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Any analysis of Asia's downstream oil industry should focus on product quality as well as quantity. So argues a multiclient-client study from Energy Security Analysis, Inc. (ESAI). Highlights from the..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Study analyzes HPI loss types, causes
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A study analyzing 100 large property damage losses that occurred in the hydrocarbon-chemical industries over the past 30 years reveals that "nearly all of the losses involved fires or explosions," alt..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Fieldbus technology program accelerates
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The Fieldbus Foundation's board of directors has approved plans for accelerating the development of the original high speed (H2) fieldbus technology program. This accelerated development program in..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Rationalization likely for styrene market; margins to improve in 1999
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

According to a new study by CMAI, Houston, Texas, the styrene market is approaching oversupply. New capacity coming onstream will depress the current market. Some rationalization is anticipated; old a..

HP Impact: HPImpact: EPA hazardous waste rule still undecided
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Just weeks short of its scheduled promulgation date, the U.S. EPA obtained a four-year extension to reconsider the Hazardous Waste Identification Rule (HWIR). This rule would provide a commonsense gui..

HP Impact: HPImpact: 'Ongoing evolution' of markets to raise world polyethylene demand
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

World demand for polyethylene (including low density, linear low density and high density types) will increase over 5%/yr to 49 million metric tons (MMton) in 2001. Polyethylene (PE) remains the la..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Hydrocarbon Processing reaches 75th year
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

This month Hydrocarbon Processing begins celebrating its 75th year of service to the industry. While its title has changed over the years, HP's dedication to supplying relevant information remains a c..


Celebrating 75 years of HPI growth
Publisher: Swantek, G.

You may have noticed a colorful icon after our name on this month's issue. It says: Serving the industry since 1922. The issue marks our 75th anniversary of publishing refining and related hydrocarbon..