Refining

Modified revamp process to reduce energy use in an SDA unit

Kumar, S., Nanoti, S. M., Garg, M. O., CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum; Amutha, R., Nandagopalu, N. V. N., Chennai Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

Solvent deasphalting (SDA) is emerging as a low-cost, bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading process to recover valuable oil from short residue. This oil can either be further processed to make lube-oil-based stocks or cracked in secondary processing units.

People

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Randy Schmidt has been named Managing Director of the Burns & McDonnell Terminals and Pipelines group, replacing Ted Born, who is retiring.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Siemens has been working closely with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a cyber security project.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking more than 1,700 active downstream projects around the world.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US gasoline demand increased with the shift to summer fuels and higher export opportunities to Latin America.

Business Trends: The digital frontier and the process industry

Gokhale, A., Contributing Writer

Is a digital revolution underway in the process industry? For years, we have been hearing more and more about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, Connected xxx (plant, enterprise, field, performance, etc.), smart Clouds, smart devices and so on. These concepts share numerous similarities, usually with a slightly different twist depending on who is promoting or selling them. But is the hype and buzz rapidly spreading to day-to-day applications and implementations? Not quite.

Industry Perspectives: The digitalization of the downstream industry

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The digitalization of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is in full swing. Numerous companies have created, and are optimizing, digital technologies to improve plant operations, increase energy efficiency and lower costs.

Digital: Transitioning from the spreadsheet to the Cloud

Renick, J., GE Digital

The Industrial Internet of Things is expected to create a $225-B market by 2020, opening new opportunities for industrial organizations related to data and asset management.

Editorial Comment: Optimizing our message to the oil and gas industry

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The pages of Hydrocarbon Processing contain numerous case studies, techniques, advice and step-by-step approaches to optimizing downstream operations. These elements have been the focus of the magazine for the last 95 yr.

CFD study of mixing performance of redistribution systems for packed columns

The maldistribution of liquid flow within long packed beds is a well-known phenomenon in distillation and absorption columns. In a packed column, the maldistribution of liquid results in differences in liquid concentration across the column.