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Special Report: Gas Processing Developments
Achieving world-class operating performance
Apply appropriate reliability and operating improvement techniques in an integrated process to match plant capabilities
Improve energy recovery in gas processing plants using an HPT
Utilizing this innovative technology can help realize substantial savings
Consider CFD modeling to improve reactor design for synthesis gas production
Advancements in computational fluid methods simulate dynamics and reactions for autothermal reformers
Achieving operational excellence in gas plants
Real-time performance diagnostics provide substantial benefits
Avoid these mistakes when installing a flare flowmeter
New environmental regulations mandate reporting mass rates for hazardous compounds at flares. Apply these common sense guidelines and streamline meter selection
Maintenance and Reliability
Why even first-quartile plants can lose profitability
Benchmarking is not a substitute for a competent reliability professional
Use gas conditioning to improve compressor gas seal life
Here's how to ensure a continuous supply of clean and dry buffer gas
HP Control: Has the advanced process control industry completely collapsed?
I stopped writing   editorials for a while because people were uncomfortable reading them. But I have finally decided against burying my head in sand. We ? control engineers ? should discu..
HP Reliability: Consider dry gas seals for centrifugal compressors
For over five decades, centrifugal compressors have benefited from mechanical field technology. The early compressors of the 1950s often struggled with cumbersome labyrinth sealing and gas eductor arr..
HPIn Europe: Opportunity and resolution for the year ahead
During the holiday season, I asked a few people what their goals in the year ahead were. It was a haphazard kind of poll. But, interestingly, each answer points to an area of significant new business ..
HP Automation Safety: Separation between control and safety
It is pleasure to see that the new ANSI/ISA 84.00.01-2004 (IEC 61511+) standard has been issued. It replaces the now obsolete ISA 84.01-1996. This standard is word-for-word identical to IEC 61511 exce..
Trends and Resources
HP Innovations: HPInnovations
LNG vaporization process reduces emissions up to 90% Mustang Engineering's midstream group has developed an air exchange vaporization process that is claimed to efficiently and economically regas..
Easy-to-operate modular control system The Regulus, a programmable logic controller-based modular control system, is said to temper leading technology with ease of use. Plant services can monitor..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: North America
CB&I has a lump-sum, turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract with Frontier El Dorado Refining Co. (Frontier). It will design and build a 24,000 bpsd ultra-low sulfur diesel hydrot..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: South America
KBR has a license for a second catalyst cooler for Petrobras' residual fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at its Capuava (RECAP) refinery in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The catalyst cooler installations pro..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: Europe
CB&I has a lump-sum turnkey contract valued at between $725 and $750 million for Phase 1 of a grassroots liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Milford Haven, Wales, UK. The facility will be..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: Middle East
Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd., a Foster Wheeler Ltd. subsidiary, has a project management services contract with Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) for its acetyls complex to be built at J..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: Asia-Pacific
Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Co. Ltd. has started up what is claimed to be the world's largest single train plant that uses LP Oxo low pressure oxo alcohols process technology. The new plant in Zibo C..
Flame-and-gas detection solutions MSA Instrument Division's new bulletin, "MSA Flame-and-Gas Detection for the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industries," highlights its permanent and portable instru..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Europe's refining future Oil demand growth in Europe's ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Europe's market for premium fuels grows
New EU motor fuels and their impact on refiners and the supply chain was the topic of an analysis by Walter Pfeiffer with Accenture Kronberg. Speaking at the recent ERTC meeting in Prague, he offere..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Politics, perceptions keep oil prices high
Market speculators have kept oil prices high, but energy analyst Amy Myers Jaffe, a researcher with Rice University, Houston, expects a "more bearish outlook" for 2005. Speaking at a recent engineer..
HP Impact: HPImpact: ASEAN, China join to form largest free-trade region
China has moved to expand its influence in a region long dominated by the US, signing an accord with Southeast Asian nations. The agreement aims to create the world's largest free trade area by 2010..
HP Impact: HPImpact: NPRA: MTBE ban impacts supply chain, causes price escalations
The National Petrochemicals and Refiners Association (NPRA) continues to stress the importance of balancing a supply-oriented fuels policy with continued environmental progress. Testifying before..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Fewer NA project cancellations, delays expected in 2005
The North American chemical processing industry saw a small decline in projects put on hold or canceled in 2004. Expectations are that trend will continue in 2005. In 2004, market research from I..
HP Impact: HPImpact: US specialty fuel additives demand to jump 6%/year
A new outlook forecasts that US gasoline and other fuel additive demand will become an $8.4-billion market in 2008. Volume will decline slightly to 38 billion pounds. This is the result of the ongoi..
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