Upgrading the bottom of the barrel

Elshout, R., Energy Systems Engineering; Bailey, J., Brown, L., Nick, P., Consultant

In the past few decades, new technologies, including both carbon rejection methods and catalytic conversion methods, have emerged.

Eliminate mechanical seal failure in a crude distillation unit

Telmesani, A. A., Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF) Ltd.

Multiple mechanical seal failures in a crude distillation unit (CDU) resulted in total losses of $3 MM in a refinery since its startup in January 2015. The maximum seal life achieved did not exceed 6 mos, which was much shorter than the American Petroleum Institute (API) 682 “Advancements in Mechanical Sealing” goal of 3 yr of seal life.

Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects presently under construction, as chosen by HP editors and readers

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

Convert the heaviest fraction of the barrel into valuable products

A proprietary slurry technologya represents an innovation in residue conversion and unconventional oil upgrading, and marks a step change in the treatment of the heavy end of the barrel.

Honeywell UOP providing hydrotreating catalysts for ENAP refinery in Chile

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Honeywell announced that Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (ENAP) has begun using Honeywell UOP’s HYT-6219 Unity hydrotreating catalyst in conjunction with Unity hydrocracking catalysts to produce cleaner-burning diesel fuel at its Bío Bío refinery in Hualpen, Chile.

Industry Perspectives: The latest in refining technology

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Nearly 700 refineries are operating in more than 120 countries around the world.

Optimization: Filtration for processes inside refineries

Sullivan, C., Valin Corp.

Proper filtration is one of the most important functions performed inside refineries.

Improve removal of phenolic and amine compounds in a sour water stripper

Argirov, G., Chakarov, P., Pavlova, A., Stratiev, D., LUKOIL Neftohim Burgas

Joint stripping in a refinery sour water stripper (SWS) unit contributes to the concentration of phenols and total nitrogen (N) in the discharged treated water from the wastewater treatment unit.

Optimize a refinery H2 network using spreadsheet tools

Salgado, H., Ecopetrol

One of the major goals in every refining complex is to minimize the utilization of its hydrogen (H2) generation units by maximizing the H2 recovery from residual streams.

S.Korea's GS Caltex says unsure when will restart fire-hit hydrocracker, aromatics unit

SEOUL (Reuters) — GS Caltex, South Korea’s second-largest oil refiner, said on Monday that it was unsure when it would be able to restart a hydrocracker and aromatics unit after they were hit by fire last month.