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Cyclic distillation: A novel enhanced technology for processing hydrocarbons and derivatives
Kiss, A. A., University of Manchester; Maleta, V. N., Maleta Cyclic Distillation LLC; Shevchenko, A., Bedryk, O., National University of Food Technologies

Distillation is the most widespread separation method in history.

Selection and comparison of thermic fluids in a fired heater
Karre, A. V., Worley Group Inc.; Valsaraj, K. T., Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University

Hot oil, also called thermic fluid, is a heat transfer fluid (HTF) used in oil refineries and chemical plants.

FCC NOx reduction methods: Complying with regulations without capital investment
Hobbins, P., Placid Refining Co.; Blair, H., Hochheiser, T., Johnson Matthey

As fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions regulations become increasingly strict, refiners are driven to find the most economic compliance option.

How to support condition monitoring with wireless instrumentation networks
Cureton, A., Emerson

When WirelessHART first hit the market in 2008, most of the native devices using it were process measurement instruments.

Ras Tanura: The creation of a clean-fuels complex

The primary objective of the Ras Tanura Refinery Clean Fuels Project is to enable the Ras Tanura refinery—the largest refinery in Saudi Arabia—to produce transportation fuels that will be compliant with future specifications.

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Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking nearly 1,400 projects around the world. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for 37% of active projects market share, followed by the U.S. (17%) and the Middle East (14%). The Asia-Pacific region was also the leader in new project announcements in 2020, accounting for more than 40% of market share. However, new project announcements were down in 2020 vs. 2019. In total, new project announcements declined from 358 in 2019 to 238 in 2020, representing a decrease of approximately 34% year-over-year.

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New project market share, by region, 2020

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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight

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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