Automation Strategies: Expanding scope of automation events and alerts

Cosman, E. C., ARC Advisory Group

Detecting, reporting and responding to abnormal situations or events are important functional elements of a complete process automation strategy.

Reliability: Technology transfer training is most effective for small groups

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Training can take many different forms.

Editorial Comment: HP Top Project Awards 2017

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It’s that time again! Hydrocarbon Processing has announced the nominees for its annual Top Project awards.

Ensure uniformity of air preheater flow to obtain maximum heat transfer efficiency

Badshahwala, M., Patil, R. C., Gupta, A., Reliance Industries Ltd.

Uniform flow distribution inside process equipment is desirable for maximizing performance.

Diversification: The catalyst for the Middle East’s downstream transformation

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past several years, the Middle East has made substantial investments to increase its downstream processing capacity.

Optimize a refinery H2 network using spreadsheet tools

Salgado, H., Ecopetrol

One of the major goals in every refining complex is to minimize the utilization of its hydrogen (H2) generation units by maximizing the H2 recovery from residual streams.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US product crack spreads surged amid refinery outages as Hurricane Harvey affected US Gulf Coast (USGC) refinery operations.

Iran bans oil refinery products traffic with Iraqi Kurdistan

ANKARA (Reuters) — Iran has banned transportation of oil products by Iranian companies to and from Iraq's Kurdistan region, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said on Friday, after Tehran vowed to stand by Baghdad against Iraqi Kurds' independence vote.

Lukoil postpones maintenance of Volgograd refinery unit to 2018

MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia’s Lukoil has postponed maintenance of hydro-cracking unit at its Volgograd refinery to March or April 2018, three trading industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Dongming steps up crude purchases in 2017 for Shandong oil refiners

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Pacific Commerce, the trading arm of refiner Shandong Dongming Petrochemical, has purchased 66% more crude oil in 2017 than last year, both for its own system and for other independent Chinese refiners, a Dongming senior executive said on Wednesday.