Refining

Does your control valve talk?

Almas, A., Palmela

Pneumatic operated control valves (POCVs) are consistently the most used control final element for process control across most industries—in some cases, they are also part of the safety instrumented systems (SISs) layer.

Considerations for revamping shell-and-tube heat exchangers

Garrido, E., Summum Projects

Revamp projects are complex in nature, and demand a great deal of resources for successful completion.

Revamp fired heaters with a common air-preheating system to increase capacity

Ahamad, S., Vallavanatt, R., Bechtel Corp.

In any process plant, fired heaters are generally considered to be one of the most optimally designed pieces of equipment.

Plug the metering skills gap to ensure measurement accuracy and safety

Macgillivray, A., TUV NEL Ltd.

In all sectors of industry, the measurement of flow is of vital importance. However, in an industry that is cutting costs, what impact will a growing skills gap have on meter management and accuracy of measurement?

Analyzing axial cooling fans’ high noise, vibration and failures

Allah, W. K., Saudi Aramco

Shipping pumps with 1,800 hp are equipped with five cooling fans that cool the oil going to the lube oil pumps to lubricate the bearings.

Boxscore Construction Analysis: The state of the global downstream construction sector

Balboa, B., Gulf Publishing Company

In May, Lee Nichols, Editor and Associate Publisher of Hydrocarbon Processing and Gas Processing, presented a detailed, year-to-date trend analysis and review on new and active downstream construction projects around the world.

People

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Dr. Béla Kelemen has been named President of the European Petroleum Refiners Association for the next 2-yr term.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking nearly 350 downstream projects with capital expenditures (CAPEX) of $1 B or greater.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

High refinery runs contributed to high inventories, pressuring US product markets despite healthy summer driving season demand.

Industry Perspectives: The global reach of Hydrocarbon Processing

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Since the beginning of this year, Hydrocarbon Processing has published more than 200 articles and columns. These publications include technical and trends-based articles on the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) within the magazine, online, in show dailies, etc.