August 2011


Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Control-valve seat leakage
Sanders, D., GE Energy

Enhancing initial performance, extending service life of valves offers benefits

Avoid failures with pump power-end upgrades
Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Designing-out maintenance and failure risk starts with simple upgrading measures, culminates in re-thinking entire bearing housing configuration

Consider life-cycle costs in specifying control valves

Latest approach improves sizing valves while also incorporating total ownership investment

Use a new calibration method for gas pipelines
Guemana, M., Aissani, S., University of Boumerdes; Hafaifa, A., University of Djelfa

An advanced method improves calibrating orifice flowmeters while reducing maintenance costs

Decrease vibration in piping with reciprocating compressors
Choudhury, M. G., Reliance Engineers Associates Ltd.; Tripathi, R., BecRel Engineering Pvt. Ltd.

Case study identifies problems in new compression unit


Climate change 101: Impact on refiners
Gentry, J. C., GTC Technology US LLC

Here’s a different viewpoint on global warming

Process Control

Pre-engineered solutions drive down advanced control costs
Sharpe, P., Hawkins, G., Emerson Process Management

Process control can improve quality and operating efficiency

Process Developments

Reevaluate the activity of your catalyst system
Choudary, N. V., Gokak, D. T., Ravichander, N., Voolapalli, R. K., Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd.; Siddiqui, M. A., Chiranjeevi, T., Bharat Petroleum Corp., Ltd.

Selecting optimum conditions for fluid catalytic cracking requires micro activity testing through an improved method

Safety, Security and Environment 2011 Supplement

Limit the damage from a vapor cloud loss
Allen, G., Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Energy

Risk reduction ideas from personal experience


HP Reliability: Reliability pros: Hear what others say about you
Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In an editorial “Engineering Better Engineers,” published in the January 2010 issue of Civil Engineering News, John Bachner commented on how lack of innovation has resulted in engineering se..

HP Water Management: Be a saavy buyer of water treatment chemicals
Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Suppliers for water treatment chemicals are a critical part of managing the reliability of utility water assets. In the petrochemical industry, the water treatment supplier provides chemical additives..

HP Integration Strategies: Standard-based interoperability is key for terminal automation systems
Miller, Paul, ARC Advisory Group

The highly complex, dynamic and multi-faceted operational nature of tank farms and petroleum product terminals, combined with the environmental and price sensitivity of the products being handled, req..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Yellowstone River spillA pipeline running underneath the Yellowstone River in Montana, owned by ExxonMobil, ruptured on July 1. This resulted in a spill of crude oil into the river approximately 20 mi..

HP Construction: North America
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Air Products will supply Valero Energy Corp. with a combined additional 200 million scfd of hydrogen for Valero’s refineries in St. Charles, Louisiana, and Port Arthur, Texas. As part of this awa..

HP Construction: South America
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Argentina’s second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility, a joint development between YPF S.A., ENARSA and Excelerate Energy, GNL Escobar (GNLE), began receiving cargoes on May 24, 2011, an..

HP Construction: Europe
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Alfa Laval has received an order for compact heat exchangers from a refinery in Russia. The order value is about SEK 70 million and delivery is scheduled for 2012. The heat exchangers will be used in ..

HP Construction: Middle East
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A grassroots diesel hydrotreater unit (Prime-D), licensed by Axens, was successfully put into production at Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura refinery. The 105,000-bpsd unit—reportedly one of the wo..

HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

SKC Co., Ltd. and Uhde Inventa-Fischer have a contract for the supply of a plant for producing high-quality polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for the manufacture of films in Jincheon, Republic of Korea..

HP Construction: Construction begins for Shell FLNG facility in Australia
DuBose, Ben, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Prelude gas field project is progressing at rapid pace, with first LNG production expected by 2017

HP Impact: IEA seeks closer alignment with China
DuBose, Ben, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

After a decade of high growth led to China becoming the world’s biggest energy consumer, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka says that closer alignment of the countr..

HP Impact: Ranking the world’s top places for oil and gas investment
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Mississippi is ranked as the top place in the world for oil and gas investment, according to the opinions of international petroleum executives and managers in the Fraser Institute’s Global Petro..

HP Impact: Europe looks to US for guidance on unconventional gas issues
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The latest report from the Atlantic Council argues that Europe’s unconventional gas future will depend upon industry adopting best practices similar to those advocated in the US. The report indic..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Fischer-Tropsch process commercialization acceleratesThe high throughput experimentation (hte) company has extended its collaboration with BP International Ltd. in the field of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) sy..

Free Literature

Blog provides information on gas detection Industrial Scientific’s new “Ask Dave” interactive blog, authored by Dave Wagner, director of product knowledge at Industrial Scientific, orig..

New Developments

Filters offer high particle-removal under extreme pressures and temperatures  New ZCore depth cartridge filters are said to offer improved performance, less downtime and reduced operating costs. ..