ReTPac concept from MAN Diesel & Turbo recaptures market for refinery applications

Tailored specifically to the requirements of refinery operators, the modular and scalable turbomachinery concept combines centrifugal compressor and prime mover to a single-lift unit, serving refinery applications like hydrotreating and hydrocracking.

Codes and Standards: Overcome technical difficulties in field pumps ordered to API 610/ISO 13709

Murti, D. G., The Augustus Group

The continued objective of this column series is to increase awareness of code requirements, interpretations and limitations as they stand today, and the options available to engineers for “alternative engineering.”

Amarinth delivers API 610 VS4 pumps for STAR refinery in Turkey

Amarinth has delivered its first order of exotic alloy API 610 VS4 pumps for use in the STAR in Turkey.

Reliability: Consider amended warranties for rotating equipment

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

If you have ever encountered a situation where an equipment manufacturer declined to offer warranties, allow us to share three case histories.


Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Petron Bataan Refinery (PBR) is the largest integrated crude oil refinery and petrochemicals complex in the Philippines.


Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Planned shutdowns, turnarounds and outages (STOs) are often scheduled for preventive maintenance and new equipment installation that must be performed to keep a plant running and in regulatory compliance.

Design a pressure safety valve at the centrifugal pump discharge

Kadam, N., Daelim Industries Co. Ltd.

In most process plants, it is unusual to install a pressure safety valve (PSV) to centrifugal pump and compressor discharge, but some PSVs are needed and are installed to protect the system against miscellaneous scenarios that could create overpressure in the system.

Reliability: Transform ODR-OPPM into a worthwhile initiative

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ODR, which stands for operator-driven reliability, has recently morphed into a new arrangement of letters: OPPM.

Reliability: Avoid pump shaft failures

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We welcome and thrive on questions from reliability engineers and try to answer some as best we can.

Compare pitot tube pumps with high-speed centrifugal pumps for low-flow applications

Khazrai, F., Eskandarlu, A., Chagalesh Consulting Engineers

When seeking a pump for a low-flow, high-head application, there is a temptation to choose a high-speed (HS) integral gear-driven centrifugal pump because of its advantages over multi-stage centrifugal and other types of pumps.