Migrating from Fortran to ISA S-88

Ford, J., Kolluri, T., Bozeman, J., MAVERICK Technologies

A major refiner operates two catalytic reforming units for gasoline octane improvement and aromatics production in Texas. In each of these units, five reactors filled with catalyst are operated continuously in series to reform paraffinic hydrocarbons in the presence of hydrogen (H2). During this process, some byproduct coke is unavoidably produced and deposits on the catalyst, which leads to gradual catalyst deactivation.

2018 Industry Leaders’ Viewpoints

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

To kick off the new year, industry leaders and esteemed colleagues shared their viewpoints on 2018 and beyond with Hydrocarbon Processing. These viewpoints offer insight into growing regions of activity, technological advances, and how the downstream industry can innovate in 2018 and into the future.

Integrate solar/thermal energy in oil and gas processing

Gupta, K., Ethakota, M., TechnipFMC; Payyanad, S., TERI University

One of the greatest challenges facing the world is climate change, the aftermath of emissions of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. Awareness of climate change and its causes is spurring the development of new methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Production of renewable fuels in existing refinery assets: A cost-effective coprocessing strategy

Kumar Dhar, P., Meesala, L., Kumar, P., Valavarasu, G., Rao, P. V. C., Sriganesh, G., Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL)

Vegetable oils are a renewable biomass resource used in the production of biofuels. Biodiesel production from transesterification of vegetable oils (fatty acid methyl ester, or FAME) is the primary route for producing biofuels from vegetable oils.

After Trump criticism, China denies selling oil illicitly to N.Korea

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — China on Friday denied reports it has been illicitly selling oil products to North Korea after US President Donald Trump said he was not happy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation.

China raises 1st batch of 2018 oil product export quotas by 30%

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — China raised refined products export quotas to its four state oil majors by 30 percent in the first batch of allowances for 2018, a document reviewed by Reuters showed on Thursday.

PKN Orlen launches planned bid for Czech unit Unipetrol

PRAGUE (Reuters) — Poland’s biggest oil refiner PKN Orlen on Thursday offered 380 crowns for each remaining share in its Czech downstream oil unit Unipetrol.

Explosion at major Venezuela refinery injures two

PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela (Reuters) — A furnace exploded during a unit restart at Venezuela’s largest refining complex, injuring two workers, a union leader and a family member of one of the victims said on Wednesday.

Asia's monthly Iran oil imports skid to lowest in Nov since Apr 2016

TOKYO (Reuters) — Imports of Iranian crude oil by major buyers in Asia tumbled 29% in November from the same month a year ago to the lowest volumes since April 2016, government and ship-tracking data showed.

USTDA to host reverse trade mission for refinery optimization with India government, executives

USTDA is hosting a group of Indian oil and gas officials, and senior executives from state-owned and private sector Indian refineries on a visit to the United States where they will see the design, manufacture, and operation of US goods and services.