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Hydrocarbon Processing Awards 2020—FINALISTS

This special section details all finalists within each category for the fourth annual HP Awards. The winners will be announced on Oct. 1.

Catalyst breakthrough for ethylene production
Vianna, C., Adams, D., Clariant Catalysts

In a growing and competitive industry, ethylene producers are turning to catalyst suppliers for solutions to innovate. Until recently, a solution to the difficulties inherent to acetylene hydrogenation in ethylene plants has challenged the catalyst industry. Due to their lower total production cost, “front-end” process flowsheets are now predominantly selected for new projects.

Conventional FCC to maximum propylene production
Singh, R., Lai, S., Dharia, D., TechnipFMC Process Technology; Cipriano, B., Hunt, D., W. R. Grace

Fluid catalytic cracking is one of the most important conversion processes used in refineries. This process converts heavy petroleum fractions into lighter, higher-value products, such as gasoline, propylene and others.

Shape the refinery of the future through integration—Part 1
Maiti, S. N., SNC-Lavalin Inc.

The negative impact of fossil fuels on the environment has become widely accepted, and our global society has begun to focus on alternative fuels. The pollution of the local, regional and global environment has become a primary concern.

Digital: Five best practices for adopting new digital technologies in the HPI
Harclerode, C., OSIsoft

There is much discussion and information about digital transformation, but many HPI companies are taking a different approach to integrating new digital technologies and to differentiate themselves from their peers, and are seeing truly transformative business results. HPI digital technology leaders reveal the following five best practices.

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Global Construction Projects

Data provided by Construction Boxscore.

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.

EWA Analysis

Boxscore new project announcements, April 2018–present

Active project market share by region 

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Composite Repairs and Harsh Chemicals TEC talk

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