Maintenance & Reliability

Venezuela's PDVSA sees 2017 oil output stuck near historic lows

(Reuters) -- Venezuelan state energy company PDVSA projects oil production will remain near 23-year lows in 2017, an internal document shows, suggesting more hardship ahead for the crisis-wrought OPEC member country.

Honeywell, Aereon to leverage Industrial Internet of Things for O&G

HOUSTON -- Honeywell and Aereon announced they will collaborate on solutions to help industrial customers boost the safety, efficiency and reliability of their operations by leveraging Honeywell's Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) ecosystem.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 94: Why mentors are important for industry

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

When I started working in industry 50 years ago, it was management’s job to have a senior engineer watch over my work. Much of the quality of my analytical work and technical discipline were formed early in my career with help from these engineers.

Reliability: Reliability and the EPC contractor

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In this column, I have often elaborated on critical information related to reliability thinking. However, reliability thinking is continually subverted by approaches that concentrate excessively on project cost and completion.

Editorial Comment: In defense of intellectual property integrity

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the publishing business, a key editorial responsibility is ensuring the integrity of all articles that are chosen for publication. This column elaborates on additional ways that prospective authors can help ensure that readers trust what we print.

Key design considerations for vacuum process condensers

Lines, J., Graham Corp.

The crude oil refining and petrochemical industries make extensive use of condensers that operate under vacuum (i.e., below atmospheric pressure). Distillation is the most common process using these condensers, either as a process precondenser ahead of an ejector system, or as an intercondenser within an ejector system.

G20 task force wants companies to come clean on climate risk

LONDON (Reuters) -- Companies will be asked to disclose how they manage the risks to their business from climate change and greenhouse gas emission cuts by a global task force set up to try to prevent market shocks from the warming of the planet.

LiqTech to install water treatment system at DuPont facility

BALLERUP, Denmark -- LiqTech International, Inc. announced that the company has received a $350,000 order for the company´s water treatment systems for flue gas condensate. The order was received from DuPont and will be installed at their facility in Grindsted, Denmark.

RINA services awarded Chevron, ExxonMobil Indonesian gas contracts

PT RINA Indonesia, in consortium with PT Depriwangga, has been awarded two contracts to provide quality assurance services for offshore and onshore projects in Indonesia.

Saras shuts down catalytic reforming unit at refinery for failure

(Reuters) -- Italian refiner Saras said that due to a failure, it was necessary to shutdown one of the two Catalytic Reforming units of the Sarroch refinery (the CCR unit), which produces high-octane gasoline blending components, as well as hydrogen to be used in the desulphurisation processes, due to a failure.