Maintenance & Reliability

Metso to supply emergency shutdown valves at Orpic petchem complex in Oman

Metso will supply 400 Neles emergency shutdown (ESD) valves for an ethylene cracker as part of the new Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex (LPIC) Project in Sohar, Oman.

Chile oil refinery Aconcagua suspends operations after quake

Chile oil refinery Aconcagua suspends operations after quake

Neste Jacobs to perform energy study for Unipetrol's Czech Republic refinery

Technology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs and refinery and petrochemical group Unipetrol have signed an agreement for Neste Jacobs to perform a comprehensive energy efficiency study of Unipetrol's Litvinov oil refinery in Czech Republic.

Hastings Equity ventures into downstream sector, acquires Specialty Welding and Turnarounds

HOUSTON -- Hastings Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in lower, middle-market energy services and equipment companies, is pleased to announce its seventh Fund III platform investment in Specialty Welding and Turnarounds, LLC.

China's Sinopec says fire at rubber warehouse has been put out

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Sinopec Corp said on Thursday that a fire in a warehouse at a petrochemical and refining complex in southern China operated by one of its subsidiaries was put out at 2:20 pm local time and had not affected production.

MOL's Slovak refinery starting planned turnaround in April

PRAGUE (Reuters) -- Slovak oil refiner Slovnaft, part of the Hungarian oil and gas group MOL, will shut down some production starting over the Easter holiday in April for a general turnaround lasting until June, it said.

Viewpoint: Operational excellence—The path to world-class performance

Murray, P., Petrotechnics

Why is operational excellence (OE) increasingly being recognized as the path to world-class performance?

Reliability: Achieve longer bearing life in rotary asphalt pumps

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When a major asphalt manufacturer experienced random bearing wear in its gear pumps, there was justified concern.

IR camera technology provides new perspective on furnace inspection routines

Boccella, M., FLIR Systems, Inc.

A few years ago, managers at a US-based oil refinery called in an expert to inspect their oil furnaces with an infrared (IR) camera.

Process safety incidents, cognitive biases and critical thinking

Baybutt, P., Primatech, Inc.

Process hazard analysis (PHA) is performed to identify possible hazard scenarios that may occur in a process.