Management

Managing complex changeover processes for integrated cracking furnace safety

van Diessen, S., Sadowski, S., Netherlocks Safety Systems

Cracking furnace operations (e.g., for the steam cracking of naphtha feedstock into olefins) are an essential part of hydrocarbon (HC) refining; however, they are known to be potentially dangerous and complex to manage.

Viewpoint: Create a culture of safety: Protecting people while boosting your bottom line

Schiff, T., ExxonMobil

Implementing safety best practices helps reduce employee risk, which helps minimize the number of workplace accidents and ensures compliance with industry and government regulations.

Useful tips for a successful HAZOP study

Kunte, V. A., Sakthivel, S., TATA Consulting Engineers Ltd.

The products we use on a daily basis comprise a variety of chemicals.

Project Management: Performance excellence culture improves processes, giving lasting results

Weynand, J., Check-6

In the downstream industry, where production is at an all-time high and uncompromised safety is imperative, plant owners and operators are responding by implementing the latest time-saving technologies and systems to automate and improve human processes.

People

Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Abdulaziz F. Alkhayyal has been elected to the board of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corp., increasing the board’s size to 11.

Use dynamic simulation to maximize plant operating performance

Alós, M. A., Inprocess Technology and Consulting Group

The oil and gas industry has witnessed seismic downward shifts in barrel prices and uplifts in market competitiveness.

Monitor medium-voltage switchgear in refineries

Murray, J., Emerson Process Management

When medium-voltage switchgear (MVS) in a refinery fails, it can force a process unit or even an entire refinery to shut down.

Use process knowledge management systems to accelerate innovation

Hall, S., Process Systems Enterprise; Mahoney, P., Ambition Partner

The amount of stored digital data is doubling every two years, and the rate of data acquisition is close to exceeding our ability to process it and sort out what is valuable.

People

Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Dr. Christoph Wegner will become president of BASF’s Information Services and Supply Chain Operations division, effective December 1, 2016.

Project Management: Global trends in energy savings: Are emerging technologies the solution?

Hutton, D., Gómez-Prado, J., KBC Advanced Technologies

Despite low energy prices, energy conservation continues to be an important component of business strategy in the oil refining and chemical industries.