January 2012


Special Report: LNG/Gas Processing Developments

Overcome challenges in treating shale gases
Weiland, R., Hatcher, N. A., Optimized Gas Treating, Inc.

Manipulating process plant parameters helps meet pipeline specifications

Innovative APC boosts LNG train production
Taylor, A., Apex Optimisation; Jamaludin, S., Woodside

APC application yields significant operability, economic benefits

Apply new enhanced tubes to optimize heat transfer in LNG trains
Ploix, B., Technip France; Lang, T., Wieland-Werke AG

New developments for heat exchangers reduce capital and plot size of key equipment

Select optimal schemes for gas processing plants
Khorsand Movaghar, M., Maleki, M., Energy Industries Engineering and Design Consultant Company (EIED)

With careful analysis, meet product requirements and environmental standards

Improve process control for natural gas heat exchangers
Lai, H-M., Jacobs Canada Inc.

Simulation model shows how to optimize plant controllability and safety

HPI 2012 Forecast

2012: A year of change

When 2011 began, the expectation was for most global economies to continue a steady trajectory of growth. For the energy industry, growth in most sectors was actually higher than expected in 2010, lea..

Engineering and Design Developments

Case history: Replacement of existing pressure vessel
Fearn, D., McKay, J., Fluor Canada Ltd.

Installing new equipment involves more processes to ensure safety and to meet new codes

Process Control

Are you losing money when tuning controllers?
King, M. J., Whitehouse Consulting

Here are 10 rules, if followed, that will result in poor process performance

Process Engineering

How to manage vaporization in an analytical system
Nordstrom, D., Waters, T., Swagelok Company

When done properly, this process ensures that all compounds vaporize at the same time, preserving the sample’s composition

Rotating Equipment

Consider lobe blowers combined with compressors
Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

New blower meets low-pressure applications cost-effectively

Engineering Case Histories

Case 66: Fiberglass mixing tank flexing vibration
Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

The design of fiberglass and polymer tanks had many problems in the 1980s. Most of these problems were resolved with experience, new materials and manufacturing techniques, along with new national con..


HP Insight: Global HPI: 90+ years old and still going strong

In 2012, Hydrocarbon Processing (HP) will celebrate its 90th anniversary as a publication for the professionals involved in the daily activities of the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). Mu..

HP Integration Strategies: Inline blending can help process plants cut costs and reduce quality give-away
Crisafulli, K., ARC Advisory Group

In a traditional batch-blending process, the final product composition is created by combining different intermediate products (held in storage tanks) in a blend tank. The objective is to create final..

HP Reliability: Dealing with asset management and life extension
Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The business manager for an asset management solutions (AMS) firm in the Middle East faced a big task. He had been asked to execute a major project for an oil and gas producer and wanted to have his q..

HP Viewpoint: Opportunities of abundance: How shale gas changes the energy landscape
Banaszak, S., America’s Natural Gas Alliance

Today’s reality is that the US has enough natural gas to meet growing demand, allowing the country to focus on domestic uses and export possibilities.

HP Viewpoint: Cautious optimism for growth seen in US natural gas market
Kelly, E., Wood Mackenzie

With the advantages of a large resource base, relatively reasonable costs, and environmental pressures on competing fuels, such optimism is justified. However, the industry’s hopes are not guaranteed to be fulfilled.

HP Viewpoint: LNG’s future: Branching out
Walther, S. T., Mustang Engineering Inc.

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is mature and poised to branch out in many new directions in the coming decades as it continues to grow in capacity.

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

Pipeline imaging A group of physicists and engineers in Berkeley, California, have developed a new safety system to monitor and prevent pipeline ruptures by using magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) medi..

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

BioAmber and Mitsui & Co. have partnered to build and operate a manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The initial phase of the facility is expected to produce 17,000 metric tons of biosuc..

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

MODEC, Inc., has commissioned a UOP Separex membrane system for processing natural gas on a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The FPSO is using the Honeywell UOP Separex m..

HP Construction: Europe
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has a contract to provide detailed engineering, procurement support and support services during construction of a new ester production plant at OXEA GmbH’s existing ..

HP Construction: Africa
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd. (KPRL) has implemented a new solution from IBM to increase the productivity and efficiency of the company’s oil refinery operations in East Africa. The agreement w..

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

Tecnimont S.p.A., the main operating company of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., has an engineering procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract on a lump-sum turnkey basis for a new fertilizers..

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

Davy Process Technology Ltd., a Johnson Matthey company, and The Dow Chemical Co.’s Oxygenated Solvents Business, have announced that Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Co., Ltd., has selected LP Oxo S..

HP Impact: A radically different transport sector by 2050
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The World Energy Council (WEC) expects that transport fuel demand in the next 40 years will come mainly from developing countries such as China and India, where demand will grow by 200% to 300%. In co..

HP Impact: China dominates the nylon engineering plastics market
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Growing demand for durable goods, and the production of those goods in Asia and China, in particular, means that, through 2016, Northeast Asia will continue to be the largest consumer of nylon enginee..

HP Impact: New policies needed to scale up renewable energy
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Governments should consider the scaling up of renewable energy as part of economic development strategy, rather than as an environmental strategy with the secondary benefits of job creation. This is o..

HP Impact: Bioplastics demand to exceed 1 million metric tons in 2015
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Global demand for biodegradable and bio-based plastics will more than triple to over 1 million metric tons in 2015, valued at $2.9 billion. Gains will be fueled by a number of factors, including consu..

HP Impact: Cloudy outlook
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The North American energy industry faces a generally stable operating environment although ongoing sovereign and economic concerns are risks in 2012, according to energy sector outlook reports from cr..

HP Associations: Making safety second nature
Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Most folks don’t know it, but the epicenter for high-level downstream refining safety discussions during late October was in the land where the Aggie roams freely. That would, of course, be Colle..

HP Associations: Increased efficiency key to meeting global energy demand
Cruthirds, Melanie, HP Editorial Staff

At the 2011 Women’s Global Leadership Conference (WGLC), which took place November 15–16 in Houston, energy and technology professionals gathered to discuss the most pressing issues facing t..

Free Literature

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New Developments

Metering pump now available with PVC liquid end The ecosmart diaphragm metering pump is a solution for medium-sized requirements on a “smaller” investment budget. It is said to be a fle..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

New diode laser caters to range of applicationsServomex Group’s SERVOTOUGH LaserCompact 2900 (Fig. 1), a tuneable diode laser (TDL), is designed to deliver true continuous in-situ monitoring acro..