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Advances in compressor anti-surge valve design enhance reliability and performance
Haines, B., Nelson, M. P., Flowserve Corp.

Centrifugal and axial compressors are some of the most critical components used within a process plant to handle gases.

Advanced process control for unsteady-state operation: A lesser-known technique

A goal of all process industries is to run the plant in a steady-state zone of operation, improving optimization and control, and producing more benefits.

Fired heaters in the process industries: Optimizing operations and minimizing emissions
Finnan, K., Meyer, E., Yokogawa Corp. of America

The process industries, which include chemicals, metals and mining, oil and gas, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, and refining, are very energy intensive

Unconventional improvement of propylene recovery yield at the PP splitter
Capra, M., Aggreko

Thermocompression-equipped propane-propylene (PP) splitters are used to upgrade large quantities of refinery-grade propylene (RGP) to polymer-grade propylene (PGP).

Increase uptime by reducing systematic failure risk
Siew, H., Endress+Hauser

Pondering the history of industrial incidents, it would be incorrect to assume that most failures occur randomly.

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Global Construction Projects

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Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking nearly 1,400 projects around the world. These projects equate to nearly $1.8 T in capital spending worldwide. At more than $630 B, the Asia-Pacific region represents 35% of active capital investments in the hydrocarbon processing industry, followed by the U.S. ($300 B) and the Middle East ($270 B). These three regions represent 65% of total active project market share, as well as account for nearly 70% of total capital expenditures globally.

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Composite Repairs and Harsh Chemicals TechTalk

Dealing with harsh chemicals in a process environment can be aggressive and detrimental to a composite repair system. Understanding the limitations and capabilities of chemical compatibilities and resistance of the system is a critical step to successful usage.

Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight

For additional downstream construction project data, visit Construction Boxscore.

Project: Al-Zour PRIZe project
Location: Al Zour, Kuwait
Operator: KIPIC
Cost: 8000
Capacity: 330,000 tpy
Completion date: 2026
Status: Engineering
Project: Qingzou PDH plant
Location: Qinzhou, China
Operator: Shanghai Huayi
Cost: 1300
Capacity: 750,000 tpy
Completion date: 2022
Status: Engineering
Project: Karbala refinery
Location: Karbala, Iraq
Operator: SCOP
Cost: 6000
Capacity: 140,000 bpd
Completion date: 2022
Status: Under construction
Project: Pulau Muara Besar Integrated complex-Phase 2
Location: Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei
Operator: Brunei Hengyi Industries
Cost: 13650
Capacity: 14 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Planning/proposed