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Boxscore Construction Analysis: The state of the global downstream construction sector

Balboa, B., Gulf Publishing Company

In May, Lee Nichols, Editor and Associate Publisher of Hydrocarbon Processing and Gas Processing, presented a detailed, year-to-date trend analysis and review on new and active downstream construction projects around the world.

Supply Chain: Rail’s speed of change is all about efficiency

Donofrio, T., Argo Consulting

Railroads have long played a major role in safely and efficiently moving freight from origin to destination. However, for more than a decade, they have faced declines and slow growth in coal and other bulk commodities transported by carload service.

Refining: Fuel processing vs. imports in East Africa: Will new refinery plans be realized?

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Many analysts believe that Africa will remain a net importer of petroleum products for the foreseeable future. However, a few countries in the region have plans in place to build new refineries.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Siemens has been working closely with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a cyber security project.

Industry Perspectives: The digitalization of the downstream industry

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The digitalization of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is in full swing. Numerous companies have created, and are optimizing, digital technologies to improve plant operations, increase energy efficiency and lower costs.

Editorial Comment: Optimizing our message to the oil and gas industry

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The pages of Hydrocarbon Processing contain numerous case studies, techniques, advice and step-by-step approaches to optimizing downstream operations. These elements have been the focus of the magazine for the last 95 yr.

Reliability: Achieve longer bearing life in rotary asphalt pumps

Bloch, Heinz 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, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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.