April 2012

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HPInsight: All hydrocarbons have a place in the global market; timing depends on economics

Remaining profitable continues to be a critical issue for hydrocarbon processing facilities. Balancing new technology with government mandates is a thorny problem. Environmental issues add more cost t..

Remaining profitable continues to be a critical issue for hydrocarbon processing facilities. Balancing new technology with government mandates is a thorny problem. Environmental issues add more cost to refined products. Changes in transportation fuels continue as vehicle manufacturers update engine designs. R&D and innovative inventors continue to find solutions to old and new challenges of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). Headlines from Hydrocarbon Processing, April 2002: Clean fuels: Estimated $7 billion in US refining capital spending. In 1999, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Tier II sulfur mandates, as part of the Clean Fuels Program. These rules re

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