Refining

Industrial IoT technologies are revolutionizing oil and gas supply chains

Harrison S., dominionRED

Over the past few decades, the world has seen a surge in demand for oil and gas, and global markets have responded to meet these growing energy needs.

Valves Outlook

William S. Sandler, Valve Manufacturers Association

Although overall industry growth is not substantial from 2017 to 2018, it translates to $66 MM more in valve shipments for the year, which is a positive sign for the industry.

Cybersecurity

Goble, W., exida LLC

Unfortunately, nation states appear to be launching cybersecurity attacks on other nation states.

Editorial Comment

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In early June, Hydrocarbon Processing and Eni—an Italian multinational oil and gas company—hosted the annual International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) in Milan, Italy.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking more than 1,600 projects around the world, representing more than $1.8 T in capital expenditures.

Business Trends

Aglave, R., Siemens PLM Software

It is never a good sign when a piece of equipment exhibits unsafe behaviors—such as large, unexpected vibrations, or cracks forming around instrument ports—particularly in the thermal reactor of a sulfur plant, where high-temperature gaseous streams chemically react as part of the process that produces elemental sulfur.

Manage contaminants in amine treating units—Part 2: Rich amine filtration and foaming

Engel, D., Nexo Solutions; Northrop, P. S., ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.

The installation and operation of suitable separation and filtration systems have become key components of virtually all process units, especially amine units.

Develop competence in the process industry with a digitalized operator learning path

Industrial digitalization is changing the standards for operator training in the global process industry.

What are the financial savings from a refinery cybersecurity program?

Ayral, T., Honeywell Process Solutions; Fligner, M., Liberty International Underwriters

Recently, the authors developed a first-pass financial estimate of the savings resulting from the implementation of a cybersecurity program for a 100-Mbpd refinery.

Digitalization for the refinery and plant of the future

Hydrocarbon Processing Industry (HPI) companies are using digitalization in concert with improved processes and skills to squeeze more productivity from existing assets.