Maintenance & Reliability

Gazprom Neft implementing advanced process control systems at Moscow refinery

An advanced process control (APC) system is being implemented at the Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery, directed at increasing effectiveness and optimizing the operation of the plant’s production facilities. The new system has been installed throughout 2016 at the plant’s crude distillation units, catalytic reforming units, gas fractionating facilities, gas-fractionation and hydrotreatment facilities for diesel fuels.

Fire hits California refinery; local gasoline prices could rise

(Reuters) -- An explosion and fire at an oil refinery in Torrance, California, on Saturday forced the partial shutdown of the plant, leading oil traders to expect a spike this week in West Coast gasoline prices.

Japan's JX says cuts crude refining target due to "problem"

TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan's JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp has cut the amount of crude oil it expects to refine in February by about 4% from an earlier target due to unspecified problems with secondary units at multiple refineries.

DuPont, Lundberg to offer pollution control systems for refineries, petchem plants

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Belco Technologies Corporation, a DuPont company, and Lundberg, LLC, a Dustex company, have signed an agreement to collaborate on the supply of air pollution control systems on an exclusive basis around the world. The partnership applies to air pollution control systems for refining and petrochemical plants, as well as to coke calciners associated with refining and petrochemical plants, and is valid for 10 years.

Chile regulator eyes refinery sanction over environmental failures

SANTIAGO (Reuters) -- Chile's environmental regulator, the SMA, said on Tuesday that it was considering sanctions of state-run energy producer ENAP after finding infractions relating to emissions and noise at its Aconcagua oil refinery.

Rosneft faces $100-MM bill to boost safety at Bashneft refineries

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia's top oil producer Rosneft will have to spend up to $100 million to improve standards at ageing refineries it bought last year, industry sources have told Reuters.

Oxea declares force majeure on Butyl Acetate in Europe

Monheim am Rhein, Germany – The international chemical company Oxea declares force majeure on Butyl Acetate in Europe until further notice. Due to technical issues at its production plant in Marl, Germany, Oxea is unable to maintain the manufacture and supply of Butyl Acetate.

Lack of preparation risks 'chaotic' shift to cleaner shipping fuel

ANTWERP (Reuters) -- The biggest change in shipping fuel for decades is three years away, but shipping and refining companies need to be taking action now to ensure the world will have the millions of barrels of cleaner fuel it will need.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Siemens Water Solutions has chosen a ceramic flat-sheet membrane for use in a powdered activated carbon technology (PACT) membrane bioreactor (MBR).

Put acid gas hydrocarbons in their place with staged regeneration

Bela, F., WorleyParsons

Common organic contaminants of Claus sulfur recovery unit (SRU) acid gas (AG) feed include: heavy hydrocarbons, in general; benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX), in particular; and methanol (CH3OH).