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Business Trends: One downstream—Strategic imperatives for the evolving refining and chemical sectors
Dickson, D., Slaughter, A., Deloitte Services; Mittal, A., Deloitte Services LP

Downstream executives will remember the present decade as a golden age for the industry, driven by low feedstock prices and healthy end-use demand.

Industry Perspectives: Hydrocarbon Processing honored with industry award nominations
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In early September, Hydrocarbon Processing staff learned that the publication was nominated for several publishing awards by Folio magazine.

Diversifying the future: Incentives for worldwide adoption of renewable fuels and chemicals—Part 1

Bio-based, renewable fuels and chemicals can reduce the environmental footprint of maintaining global transportation and product demands, while also supplementing traditional fossil fuels in a global environment with increasing energy demand.

Accurate prediction of phase equilibrium properties—Part 1
Katyal, A., Independent Researcher/Inventor

Phase equilibrium properties, such as bubble-point, hydrocarbon dewpoint, water dewpoint, phase envelope, two-phase compositions, compressibility factor, hydrate equilibrium properties, etc., for hydrocarbon mixtures have been calculated accurately using the Peng-Robinson cubic equation of state by implementing constant and temperature-dependent binary interaction parameters in the Van der Waals mixing rule.

Looking back at the Phillips 66 explosion in Pasadena, Texas: 30 years later
Bloch, K. P., Contributing Writer; Vaughen, B.K., AIChE

October 23, 2019 marks the 30-yr anniversary of a devastating fire and explosion that claimed the lives of 23 workers at a major chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas.

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Global Construction Projects

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According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, more than 320 new projects have been announced in the downstream processing industry over the past year.

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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
Project: Diamond Green Diesel Plant Expansion
Location: Norco, LA
Operator: Diamond Green Diesel
Cost: $1.1B
Capacity: 675 MM gpy
Completion date: 2021
Status: Engineering
Project: Underground Crude Storage
Location: Fujairah, UAE
Operator: ADNOC
Cost: $1,211 MM
Capacity: 42 MMbbl
Completion date: 2022
Status: EPC