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Inspection: Best practices for inspecting guyed structures
Anwer, A., Contributing Editor

Guyed structures are common in petrochemicals, oil and gas and chemical industries. Half of the installed flare structures at many facilities are guyed. Various routine inspection programs are in place to examine these structures. This work describes some very basic checks, which should be in place to maintain their mechanical integrity.

When digital transformation hits all four sustainability buckets
Morse, P. M., Aspen Technology

Sustainability is emerging as a critical business topic, as many companies focus resources toward lowering emissions, waste and energy use in their production processes. This important concept can apply broadly to company operations, especially when considering the expansive view of the triple bottom line that measures the impact of company operations on profits, people and the planet.

Unlocking FCC potential with an innovative catalyst solution
Tavares, T., W. R. Grace

In 2010, a JV embarked on the deployment of a MHY zeolite technologyb developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This novel zeolite technology improves traditional zeolite catalysts through the introduction of highly interconnected channels of medium pore size, which enhance diffusion of feed molecules inside zeolite crystals, leading to higher-value product yields, improved process efficiency and increased refinery profitability.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards Winners

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the winners for its third annual awards. The HP Awards celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.

Building industrial networks to serve IIoT and digitalization
Logue, C., Emerson Automation Solutions

Two of the terms growing in popularity over the past few years are “digital native” and “digital immigrant.” Natives are those individuals young enough to have known computers and the internet since childhood. For them, such technologies have always existed. Immigrants, either through age or circumstance, had no exposure until later in life. Hopefully, for them, such technologies are a welcome addition to work and life, but they can remember times when most activities were more manual, local and isolated.

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North American Petrochemical Project Update

As many new downstream plants reach the end of their construction projects, a further 7 million tons of PE are planned in the USA, or under construction, of which at least 30% of that new capacity is marked for export.

Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight

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Project: Refinery Rehab
Location: Ndala, Zambia
Operator: Indeni Refinery
Cost: $500MM
Capacity: 50,000 bpd
Completion date: 2022
Status: Planning
Project: Specialty Fluids
Location: Bayport, Texas
Operator: Total Specialty Fluids
Cost: 100MM
Capacity: 250,000 tpy
Completion date: 2016
Status: Operational
Project: Sebastopol Refinery
Location: Cartegena, Columbia
Operator: Sebastopol
Cost: $5 Billion
Capacity: 150,000 bpd
Completion date: 2023
Status: Engineering
Project: Propane Dehydrogenation
Location: Petrochem. Special Economic Zone, Iran
Operator: Salman-e-Farsi Petrochemical
Cost: TBA
Capacity: 450,000 tpy
Completion date: 2020
Status: Under Construction