Workforce reduction, the expected retirement of baby boomers, personnel leaving the industry in search of better opportunities, and the lack of jobs for new graduates will create a skills deficit once the industry begins growing again.
The reliability engineering unit supervisor (REUS) working at a 400-Mbpd refinery wrote that he was greatly concerned about a bearing temperature excursion. He realized that certain rules of thumb had been handed down to his maintenance employees, and that not all of these conveyed the same numbers and guidance.
The world economic order is rapidly changing. A transition is underway, led by the sudden collapse of crude oil and natural gas prices. Here, the pros and cons of modularization vs. field construction are outlined.
To stay competitive and thrive in today’s uncertain and volatile energy market that is characterized by major shifts in supply and demand dynamics, refiners must find ways to increase operational efficiencies, maximize productivity and produce refined products at lower costs.
With relatively few exceptions, industry guidelines and standards allow an increased understanding of best practices.
GE and Baker Hughes have entered into an agreement to combine GE’s oil and gas business and Baker Hughes to create a world-leading oil and gas technology provider with a unique mix of service and equipment capabilities.
Adding ignition and control systems made by Hoerbiger to its portfolio, August Storm is now able to offer engine services at a new level of performance.
Commercializing a new chemical process can be as simple as installing one or more homogenous batch reactor(s), or as complex as designing a fully integrated chemical complex requiring one or more heterogeneous reaction steps processing gas, liquid and/or solids, with other units required to prepare feeds, recover products/byproducts and recycle streams.
GE will supply 17 emergency diesel generator packages, five transportable switch rooms and the electrical balance for Petronas’ Pengerang Integrated Petrochemical Complex.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will expand the scope of its oil and gas services to plants in the North American market.