Project Management

Reduce revamp costs with appropriate 3D laser scanning strategies

Wong, S., Lowery, R., Kou, C., Fluor Corp.

The traditional approach for collecting plant as-built data commonly used for the revamp and retrofit of existing facilities, as well as for plant maintenance and operation, includes manually collecting the data and reviewing existing plot plans, elevation drawings, systems isometrics, or other 2D CAD drawings.

US, Vietnam firms sign MOU for oil and gas cooperation

The MOU formalizes the deepening relationship between Honeywell and PetroVietnam and further confirms a common vision of developing a cooperative partnership in oil and gas.

Reliability: Principles are more important than strategies

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A number of US oil refineries have recently asked the question, “When should an equipment repair be classified as rework?”

Business Trends: Global petrochemical overview—Part 2

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

Part 1 of this series provided an overview on the present state of the petrochemical industry, a breakdown on construction project numbers by region, as well as major trends in Africa, the Middle East and the US. Part 2 examines the landscape in Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe and Latin America.

People

Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Elliott Group has made changes to its executive team. Michael Lordi has been named as chief operating officer (COO), succeeding Art Titus, who is retiring after nine years.

Strategic assessment of the Iranian petrochemical industry

The recent agreement between Iran and the international community represents clear opportunities and challenges for petrochemical producers.

In-depth and preemptive front-end planning yields positive project results

Henre, C., Satterfield, R., Burns & McDonnell; Garris, J., Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing LLC

Despite the challenges that major projects can present (short deadlines, budget constraints and overruns, unforeseen problems onsite and tension throughout executive teams), they can also prove to be a win-win for both the owner and the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm.

Viewpoint: Pave the way to safer, more productive plants with the IIoT

Calder, B., HP Editorial Staff

The next generation of manufacturing will be driven by connectivity. It is happening today in modern plants: the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is enabling manufacturers to embed physical objects with the capacity to both communicate with and sense the world around them.

People

Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Marathon Petroleum Corp. has named Gary Heminger, the company's president and CEO, to succeed Thomas Usher as chairman of the board, in addition to his current duties.

SOCAR selects KBR venture to manage Baku refinery modernization

Total capacity will be increased from 6 MMtpy to 7.5 MMtpy, while the catalytic cracking unit will be raised from 2 MMtpy to 2.5 MMtpy. Euro 5 standards will be established for all refined products.