Refining

Rosneft raises exposure to Germany's oil refining after BP deal

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia's largest oil producer and its shareholder BP have completed dissolution of Ruhr Oel, their refining joint venture in Germany, Rosneft said on Thursday.

Sinopec starts supplying cleaner fuel to Beijing in anti-smog drive

BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's largest state refiner Sinopec Corp on Friday began supplying the Chinese capital with a new, lower-emission grade of petrol and diesel in line with efforts to combat smog that has plagued the country just a month into the winter.

Novel configuration for near-IR analysis of refinery LPG composition and control

Foulk, S., Guided Wave Inc.; Mistry, S., Suncor Energy Inc.

Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool that is in widespread use in the refining, chemical, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. NIR spectroscopic process analyzers are commonly used in refineries for a variety of composition and physical property measurements, such as octane number, aromatics content and distillation properties of feed and finished products.

China court sentences 23 people to jail for smuggling fuel

BEIJING (Reuters) -- An court in eastern China has sentenced 23 people to jail of up to 15 years for smuggling refined fuel, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.

Handling mercaptans in gas processing plants

Mokhatab, S., Consultant; Northrop, P. S., ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.

With the continued development of sour gas fields around the world, the removal of mercaptans from gaseous and liquid hydrocarbon streams is becoming a challenge for today’s gas processing plants.

Commercialization of pyrolysis oil in existing refineries—Part 1

Arbogast, S., Bellman, D., Paynter, D., Wykowski, J., AOTA Energy Consultants LLC

In Part 1 of this article, the incentives and information needed to relax the constraints of being O2-free are outlined. The authors hope that this perspective provides new directions for improving the economics of using pyoil to produce advanced biofuels (ABFs).

People

Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ValvTechnologies Inc. has named Herman Benard Jr. as director of manufacturing. He will have senior management responsibility for the achievement of production, productivity, quality, safety and customer satisfaction goals, as well as spearheading manufacturing process continuous improvements.

Automation Strategies: Rethinking automation: A stepwise approach to the IIoT

Fryer, J., Stratus Technologies

Energy producers are under tremendous pressure to reduce operational costs and maximize efficiency throughout the value chain. This is easier said than done.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Healthy US domestic gasoline demand continued, despite supply pressure from refineries returning from maintenance and resumed Colonial Pipeline operations.

Editorial Comment: In defense of intellectual property integrity

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the publishing business, a key editorial responsibility is ensuring the integrity of all articles that are chosen for publication. This column elaborates on additional ways that prospective authors can help ensure that readers trust what we print.