December 2013

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HP Editorial Comment: By the numbers

At times, engineers, bankers, scientists and accountants can be obsessed with numbers. Why? Because numbers are vital, especially in the design and operation of process units and equipment. Anniversar..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At times, engineers, bankers, scientists and accountants can be obsessed with numbers. Why? Because numbers are vital, especially in the design and operation of process units and equipment. Anniversaries, likewise, are numbers. They can be milestones for achievements or reminders that conditions have not changed. 40 years For example, this year was the 40th anniversary of the first “oil shock,” when members of OPEC shut off crude supplies to the US. Costs for transportation fuels quadrupled almost overnight, and fuel shortages were nationwide. HP’s younger readers may not remember the news images of long lines of vehicles at service stations or signs emphasizing gasoline s

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