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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.

Business Trends: Global refining overview—Part 4

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

Throughout its overview series of the global refining industry, Hydrocarbon Processing has provided a look at the state of the refining industry, new project developments, demand outlooks for the refining sector and the move to low-sulfur fuels. The previous sections have taken a detailed look at the refining sectors of Asia-Pacific, North America and South America. This fourth and final installment analyzes major trends in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and offers data on planned refinery capacity additions, upgrades and grassroots facilities.

Viewpoint: A new value proposition for a licensor and EPC contractor

Folgiero, P., Maire Tecnimont

The drop in oil prices has changed the overall dynamics of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), as well as reduced prices for petrochemical products. Approximately $150 B of oil and gas projects have been canceled or put on hold.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Power generation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialty rental company, Aggreko Plc., and sulfuric acid alkylation technology licensor, DuPont, have collaborated to provide Aggreko temperature control, including chiller systems, to STRATCO sulfuric acid alkylation customers.

Rockwell Automations analytics solutions scale from device through enterprise

Rockwell Automation is releasing expanded and scalable analytics offerings to help customers more quickly and easily gain insight from their investments in automation technology.

Clariant unveils its most efficient styrene catalyst for ultra-low steam-to-oil ratio conditions

Clariant has launched its new high-performance ethyl benzene dehydrogenation catalyst StyroMax UL3.

Use a mixed-solvent process to boost lube base oil yields and profitability

Rao, G. S., Kumar Dhar, P., Valavarasu, G., Pawar, G., Dhamelia, R., Sriganesh, K., Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL); Rao, P. V. C., Choudary, N. V., Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

Through research and development (R&D), the commercial application of a mixed-solvent (MS) approach using a mixture of different co-solvents resulted in higher lube raffinate yields without affecting the lube oil quality.

Business Trends: Global refining overview—Part 3

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

Hydrocarbon Processing continues its series on the global refining industry. This series provides a detailed outlook on the state of the global refining sector, active and new project developments, and an overview of major refining trends in each region. Part 3 provides an overview of the refining sectors of Canada, Latin America and the US.

Refining: High-impact challenges in today’s global refining market

Zurlo, J. A., GE Water and Process Technologies

To stay competitive and thrive in today’s uncertain and volatile energy market that is characterized by major shifts in supply and demand dynamics, refiners must find ways to increase operational efficiencies, maximize productivity and produce refined products at lower costs.

Editorial Comment: Unintended regulatory consequences: Lessons learned

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over my 40-yr professional career in the oil and gas processing, refining and petrochemical industries, I have seen many well-intended government regulations completely backfire, cause irrational responses or get lip service.