Project Management

Lessons learned in commercial scale-up of new chemical processes

Jazayeri, B., Reacxion

Commercializing a new chemical process can be as simple as installing one or more homogenous batch reactor(s), or as complex as designing a fully integrated chemical complex requiring one or more heterogeneous reaction steps processing gas, liquid and/or solids, with other units required to prepare feeds, recover products/byproducts and recycle streams.

Intelliwave and Shell sign global framework agreement

Intelliwave Technologies Inc. has signed a global framework agreement with Shell to support Shell's ProjectVantage program.

SABIC, SNCG agree on possible China chemical JV principles

SABIC, along with Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co. Ltd. (SNCG) and the government of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of China, have agreed on a set of principles for cooperation in the further development of a potential joint venture (JV) between SABIC and SNCG to build a greenfield coal-to-chemicals complex.

Project Management: Want your plant to work right? Insist on strong project definition

Barshop, P., IPA Capital Solutions

Project definition is the planning of a project before execution, which begins when engineering is completed, equipment and materials are purchased, and construction of the new or modified plant is performed.

Case study: Plan and execute a coke drum replacement project

Johnson, B., Phillips 66; Farris, M., Wood Group Mustang

The delayed coking unit is a critical part of a refinery’s crude oil process flow and profitability.

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.


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.