Products

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.

Enhancements in EO/EG production technology

Van Milligen, H., Shell Global Solutions International BV; VanderWilp, B., Wells, G., CRI Catalyst Co.

The markets for ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) continue to see attractive growth. This means that at least one or two new plants will need to be constructed every year if the industry is to meet forecast demand.

Shaping the future of on-purpose propylene production

Pretz, M., Fish, B., Luo, L., Stears, B., DOW Chemical Co.

In the early 2000s, very few analysts predicted the innovation that would change the landscape in the energy, refining and petrochemical sectors over the next several decades.

Business Trends: Africa—Will increasing demand spark downstream capacity builds?

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

Over the past decade, Africa’s oil demand has increased by more than 1 MMbpd, to nearly 3.9 MMbpd. Africa’s oil production is more than double the amount it consumes, but lack of investment, failing infrastructure and inadequate refining capacity force the continent to rely on imports to satisfy increasing fuel demand.

Driving innovation in the downstream: IRPC returns to New Delhi

Adrienne Blume, Hydrocarbon Processing

Gulf Publishing Company and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to announce that IRPC 2017 will be held April 18–20 in New Delhi.

ClearSign launches new burner for refinery, industrial applications

SEATTLE – ClearSign Combustion Corporation announced that it has launched a new burner product based on its Duplex technology for refinery and industrial process heater applications.

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).

Refining: Europe’s refineries: Walking dead or happy valley?

Mars, T., Opportune LLP

Unloved and increasingly unneeded, Europe’s oil refining sector has been under duress for an astonishing four decades.

Editorial Comment: The future of refining lies in clean fuels

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

Each year, Hydrocarbon Processing devotes an issue to the topic of clean fuels—and rightly so. As the world continues to welcome more vehicles on the road, and as emerging economies invest in civil, industrial and energy projects, global fuels demand is forecast to increase through the end of the decade.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Lubricants play a key role in equipment performance and reliability. ExxonMobil has redesigned used lubricant analysis service to be quicker, easier and more useful.