July 2015


Special Report: Refinery of the Future

Turning a Tier 3 profit
Esteban, J., Criterion Catalysts and Technologies; Hartman, M., Marathon Petroleum Co.

The continued reduction in refined product sulfur specifications has revolutionized the industry’s landscape over the last decade, increasing the importance of hydrotreating solutions.

How to cost-effectively adapt to a tight oil world
Lindsay, D., Griffiths, M., Sabitov, A., Sioui, D., Glover, B., UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company

The increase in domestic production of light tight oil (LTO) has resulted in rapid shifts to processing these crudes in North American (NA) refineries.

Use advanced automation and project management to simplify refinery construction
Spiropoulos, E., Yokogawa Corp. of America

Process automation in oil refineries is undergoing major changes, driven by customers frustrated by what they consider to be slow and incremental advances from the main automation OEMs in the industry.

European refiner revamps delayed coker to meet Euro 5 specifications
Bolohan, C., Manafu, L., Rompetrol Rafinare S.A.; Ward, J. D., Bechtel Hydrocarbon Technology Solutions, Inc.

This case study chronicles how the European refiner Rompetrol Rafinare SA upgraded its Petromidia refinery in Navodari, Romania, includingthe revamping the delayed coker unit (DCU) to address existing operating problems.

Bonus Report: LNG

US liquefaction projects to drive global expansion of LNG trade
Slaughter, A., Deloitte Services

Hydrocarbon Processing spoke to Andrew Slaughter, executive director for the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, about the state of the LNG industry and how trade patterns and project slates could change in the upcoming years.

Regional Report

China’s ‘energy revolution’ strives for sustainable growth
Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

China's energy demand, particularly for petroleum and other liquids, is rapidly increasing as its industrial and transportation infrastructures expand.

Gas Treating

Improve LPG treating via advanced amine-solvent recovery technologies
Engel, D., Burns, H., Nexo Solutions; Spooner, B., Amine Experts

Capacity and throughput improvement in a refinery LPG treating unit are made possible by implementing an amine recovery program.


A data-driven, experience-based approach to workforce optimization
Glasscock, B., Solomon Associates

There are alternatives for implementing successful and sustainable staffing changes. Staffing changes for the purpose of improving profitability should be viewed as an optimization process rather than a reduction process.

Process Automation

Automate environmental monitoring at petrochemical plants with LIMS
Meek, T., Thermo Fisher Scientific

Environmental regulations can add to the cost of doing business in the petrochemical industry, so making compliance more efficient and less expensive is a bottom-line priority.

Project Management

Better risk-management methods ensure project success
Shahani, G., Rentschler, C., Linde Engineering North America, Inc.

Management of project risk is a challenge under normal times, and this crucial activity is exasperated in complex projects as a result of the shale gas revolution.


HP Editorial Comment: Courage amid challenge and change
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Editorial commentary

HP Reliability: Trends from the 2015 AFPM Maintenance and Reliability Conference
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the decades, there have been good and not-so-good trends presented at this event, and the 2015 maintenance and reliability conference was no exception.

HP Automation Strategies: Safety lifecycle management challenges in hydrocarbon processing plants
Scalia, J., ARC Advisory Group

Many automation and SIS vendors to the downstream HPI do not provide safety lifecycle management software that extends beyond initial commissioning work. In many cases, only the bare minimum SIF proof testing has been performed for the most critical protective and mitigative functions.

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 85: Learnings on hydraulically fitted hubs
Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Hubs connect one piece of machinery to another, usually with some flexible coupling between them. Installers have only limited time to work with the hot hub. When incorrectly positioned, it may have to be removed, which has the potential of damaging the shaft end.

HP Global: Investment in Egypt’s downstream on the rise
Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Egypt is adopting a mix of investment strategies in refinery upgrades and construction of new capacity to meet the nation’s target for more high-quality light and middle distillate products and a reduction of transportation fuel imports.

HP Petrochemicals: Higher international sales boost 2015 earnings above forecast for many chemical leaders
Martin, S., Contributing Editor

Raw materials costs continue to stay low in the US thanks to the shale boom, but the global decline in oil markets has eroded selling prices for many of the nation’s domestic chemicals and plastics producers.

HP Viewpoint: Advice for the downstream: Keep the faith
Drevna, Charles T., American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

Charles Drevna is a distinguished senior fellow of the Institue for Energy Research and the former president of AFPM. He was president of the trade association, formerly known as NPRA, from 2007 until May 2015.

HP News
Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Recent news events in the global HPI.

HP Industry Metrics
Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Up-to-dateata tables and figures illustrate the state of the worldwide HPI, including cracking spreads, margins and utilization rates.

HP Innovations
Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What's new in HPI innovations

HP People
Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What's happening in the world of HPI executives.

HP Free Literature
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Paper, publication, video and mobile library app support the spread of HPI information and technology.

HP New Developments
Meche, Helen, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

New product developments in the hydrocarbon processing industry.