Maintenance & Reliability

Operators increasingly reliant on connected services companies

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The first week of October 2017 was quite a busy time for the Hydrocarbon Processing editorial team as we covered events across the US. At the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit, we produced the show dailies, a 16-to-20-page print publication for three days.

People

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

EnLink Midstream has named Rhonda L. Price to succeed Jennifer K. Johnson as Senior VP of human resources.

Show Preview: ADIPEC

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The 20th edition of Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) will take place 13–16 November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 98—Why performing calculations is important to an engineer’s career

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Engineering calculations can help an engineer’s career by controlling the risks taken. The author has followed this path.

Automation Strategies: Expanding scope of automation events and alerts

Cosman, E. C., ARC Advisory Group

Detecting, reporting and responding to abnormal situations or events are important functional elements of a complete process automation strategy.

Reliability: Technology transfer training is most effective for small groups

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Training can take many different forms.

Minimize engineering errors with competency and proper engineering review

Tharakan, J., Suncor Energy Products

Industry has seen numerous engineering errors during the commissioning phase of projects.

Troubleshooting the repetitive failure and shaft seizure of a hot oil circulation pump

The Shaybah NGL recovery plant has a single-stage, double-suction between bearings, radial-split design for hot oil circulation.

Lukoil postpones maintenance of Volgograd refinery unit to 2018

MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia’s Lukoil has postponed maintenance of hydro-cracking unit at its Volgograd refinery to March or April 2018, three trading industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Reliability: Choices—Treat the symptom or define and eliminate the cause?

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In an urgent communication, a paper plant customer reported that the mechanical seals in one of its ANSI pumps were moving axially whenever an unexpected process problem caused the normally liquid pumpage to turn into a thick, odorous gel.