Loss Prevention

View/Alt-View: Giving voice to alternative views

Campos, J., Opportune LLP; Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Our publication often features a Viewpoint column, an executive-level short opinion piece that usually focuses on the author’s sector of the hydrocarbon processing industry. This month, we are featuring two columns back-to-back, presenting alternative views on a single topic. We use the word “alternative” deliberately—rather than “opposing”—as we wish to highlight views that present legitimately different perspectives.

Could your facility benefit from a marine terminal assessment?

Blundell, R., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.

How sure would a terminal manager at a distribution terminal, or a line manager at a refinery or a chemical plant that has marine loading and unloading docks, be that those docks are being operated at a level that ensures long-term safe performance?

Analyze the startup vibration of hot pumps to prevent trips

Thomas, J., Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. (TAKREER)

Online monitoring and diagnostic systems are used by petrochemical plants and refineries worldwide for their critical machinery monitoring capabilities.

Modified revamp process to reduce energy use in an SDA unit

Kumar, S., Nanoti, S. M., Garg, M. O., CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum; Amutha, R., Nandagopalu, N. V. N., Chennai Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

Solvent deasphalting (SDA) is emerging as a low-cost, bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading process to recover valuable oil from short residue. This oil can either be further processed to make lube-oil-based stocks or cracked in secondary processing units.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Siemens has been working closely with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a cyber security project.

Industry Perspectives: The digitalization of the downstream industry

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The digitalization of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is in full swing. Numerous companies have created, and are optimizing, digital technologies to improve plant operations, increase energy efficiency and lower costs.

Digital: Transitioning from the spreadsheet to the Cloud

Renick, J., GE Digital

The Industrial Internet of Things is expected to create a $225-B market by 2020, opening new opportunities for industrial organizations related to data and asset management.

California safety, health board approves new hazard regulations for refineries

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved a regulation to strengthen workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state. The new regulation provides a framework for anticipating, preventing and responding to hazards at refineries.

Equipment critical analysis: The need for an effective maintenance program

Zardynezhad, S., Toyo Engineering Canada Ltd.

Oil refineries and large petrochemical plants contain thousands of pieces of process and utilities equipment that are subject to wear, erosion, deterioration, aging, etc., resulting in increasing breakdowns and outages. Imagine being a maintenance engineer and receiving 50 work orders during an overhaul with a limited budget, time, labor, spare parts, tools, machines, etc. How does that engineer prioritize the work?

Business Trends: Human reliability—a disruptive innovation

Snider, B., Small Hammer Inc.

Annual bottom-line losses due to equipment failures total more than $100 MM at major refineries and petrochemical complexes. Corporate executives charge plant personnel with improving the reliability of the facility.