Maintenance & Reliability

PDVSA's Amuay refinery halts distillation unit

CARACAS (Reuters) — Venezuela’s 645,000 bpd Amuay refinery has halted its distillation unit No. 5 due to an operational problem, union leader and opposition activist Ivan Freites said on Thursday.

Saudi Aramco to push back shutdown at Ras Tanura refinery

(Reuters) — Saudi Aramco is expected to shut down its condensate splitter at its Ras Tanura refinery by the end of November for a month for planned maintenance work, two industry sources said, later than originally planned.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ABB has introduced a new MID/OIML R117 certified high-accuracy CoriolisMaster Coriolis mass flowmeter for custody transfer applications in the oil and gas industry (FIG. 1).

Optimization: Filtration for processes inside refineries

Sullivan, C., Valin Corp.

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

Reliability: Could a company be its own worst enemy?

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In a recent conversation with a “pump veteran,” we explored his 33 yr of experience with pump original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from 1984–1997 and with a widely known non-OEM (1997–2017).

Connecting rod failure in a new reciprocating gas compressor

Zardynezhad, S., Contributing Writer

Compressor failure in an oil refinery can have severe consequences on health, safety and the environment.

Balanced oil sealing solution reduces lube oil leakage at compressor drive train

Langela, M., STASSKOL GmbH

Reciprocating compressors use a piston rod connected to a drive train at the crosshead section.

Redesign, simplify and demonstrate facts

Vila Forteza, M., Repsol SA

The Petronor oil refinery is located in northeastern Spain. Recently, the facility converted its last rolling element-equipped machine from liquid oil lubrication to pure (“dry-sump”) oil mist.

Case histories of amine plant equipment corrosion problems–Part 1

Daughtry, J., Teletzke, E., INEOS Oxide GAS/ SPEC Technology Group

Lost production from corrosion costs the oil and gas industry more than $1 B/yr.1

Heavy crude oil processing design and reliability

Martin, G., Liu, Z., Wang, S., GTC Technology US LLC

Revamping refineries to process heavier crude slates goes well beyond the requirements to meet equipment performance dictated by a shift in the quantity of lighter product yields to heavier products.