Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Take steps to achieve lubrication maintainability
Des-Case Corp.: Barnes, M.

Do not accept that what the OEM delivered, or how the equipment has been configured for the past 30 years, must be maintained into the future. Optimize yourPM program and look for maintainability improvements to ensure that the right work can be performed in the right way and at the right time.

Apply a short-term, high-temperature carbon steel solution to piping systems
Reliance Engineering Group (REG): Tiwari, V.  |  Choudhury, M. G.

Carbon steel (CS) piping and equipment are used extensively in refineries and petrochemical plants, where fluid temperatures vary from moderate to high for various processes.

Failure prevention—The ultimate asset management strategy
Small Hammer Inc.: Snider, B.

The primary cause for losses and lost opportunities at refineries, chemical complexes, pipeline networks and gas processing facilities is equipment failures.

Environment and Safety

Lifting of US crude export ban will impact process safety management
North Highland Worldwide Consulting: Molly, K.

Since the Arab oil embargo in the 1970s, the US government has restricted the export of crude oil to curb dependence on crude oil imports.

Heat Transfer

Use computational fluid dynamic analysis to revamp fired heaters
Furnace Improvements Services Inc.: Garg, A.  |  Chilka, A.

A refinery process fired heater system consists of multiple sub-units, of which the fired heater is the most critical, as it impacts the overall efficiency of the system.

Process Engineering and Optimization

Small-scale coal-to-chemicals can revitalize India’s petrochemicals industry, economy—Part 2
TATA Consulting Engineers Ltd.: Paluskar, P. V.  |  Sakthivel, S.  |  Marve, M.

In Part 1 of this article, published in April, the barriers of petrochemical production in India were discussed, along with the opportunity to explore chemicals from coal, using the specific example of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Catalytic coprocessing of used cooking oil with straight-run gasoil in a hydrotreating pilot plant

A promising route to obtain bio-gasoil (bioGO) or hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) is the catalytic coprocessing of vegetable oil with diesel oil in a conventional hydrotreating unit.


President's Letter: A new day for you, a new day for us
Gulf Publishing Company: Royall, John

The last thing you need right now is another dreary recitation of industry statistics that show how hard hit the global oil and gas industry has been in the last 18 months.

Editorial Comment: Maintenance spending to jump in 2016 as refiners catch up with turnarounds
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Blume, Adrienne

The number of scheduled refinery turnarounds in North America is anticipated to rise this year after declining sharply in 2015, as refiners delayed maintenance shutdowns to capitalize on abundant quantities of low-priced feedstock.

Reliability: Principles are more important than strategies
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

A number of US oil refineries have recently asked the question, “When should an equipment repair be classified as rework?”

Automation Strategies: The “big picture” on ExxonMobil’s open system initiative
ARC Advisory Group: Miller, Paul

Several noteworthy presentations were given at ARC's 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida in February.

Petrochemicals: The changing competitive landscape for GCC ethylene production
Nexant: Shafi, R.  |  Nguyen, T.  |  Platt, R.

Much of the global petrochemical industry is built around the abundant oil and gas reserves of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 90: Precautions when working near equipment
Consulting Engineer: Sofronas, A.

Most machines and pressure vessels are designed with safety in mind, but they can release large amounts of energy if not constructed, maintained or operated correctly.

Industry Perspectives: Is 2016 the peak for the revival in US gasoline demand?

Over the past year, strong gasoline demand, particularly in the US, has been the saving grace for much of the downstream industry.

Business Trends: Global petrochemical overview—Part 2
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Part 1 of this series provided an overview on the present state of the petrochemical industry, a breakdown on construction project numbers by region, as well as major trends in Africa, the Middle East and the US. Part 2 examines the landscape in Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe and Latin America.

Industry Metrics
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

US refinery margins recovered as product markets were supported by strong domestic gasoline demand and temporarily tight sentiment fueled by the switch to summer-grade gasoline.

Global Project Data
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

According to <i>Hydrocarbon Processing’s</i> Construction Boxscore Database, nearly 300 new downstream projects have been announced around the globe over the past year.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Andrew, Bob

Planned shutdowns, turnarounds and outages (STOs) are often scheduled for preventive maintenance and new equipment installation that must be performed to keep a plant running and in regulatory compliance.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Elliott Group has made changes to its executive team. Michael Lordi has been named as chief operating officer (COO), succeeding Art Titus, who is retiring after nine years.