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Oil refinery/petrochemical integration in a CO2-constrained world—Part 1

Petrochemical demand will increase with gross domestic product, while motor fuel demand will only show modest growth and may even decline in certain regions, given environmental/legislative pressure and the introduction of battery-powered electric vehicles.

If you want AI to overcome limitations, give it more scalability
Brooks, M., AspenTech

Artificial intelligence (AI) has caused a significant buzz not only within the hydrocarbon processing industry but also in everyday activities.

Execution features of modularization projects
Chuang, R., Fan, A., CTCI Corp.

Due to growing global environmental awareness in recent decades, the petrochemical industries have been seeking more cost-effective construction solutions.

Why EPC firms are accelerating digitalization
Donnelly, P., AspenTech

Even before the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms were already under considerable stress.

Advances in light ends processing units using DWCs
Martin, G. R., Sulzer GTC Technology

For those who have been in the refining industry for many years, it is obvious that significant changes are occurring.

Analyze pressure loss during FCC standpipe catalyst transfer
Wei, P., Hongwei, Q., PetroChina Karamay Petrochemical Co.; Yansheng, L., China University of Petroleum

The fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) is the primary conversion equipment for modern refineries to obtain clean transportation fuels, along with high-grade petrochemical feedstock.

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Global Construction Projects
Total active projects by region and sector, excluding holds

Data provided by Construction Boxscore.

After a tumultuous year, many active capital projects have been deferred, delayed or even abandoned. After excluding projects that have been put on hold, Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking nearly 1,300 projects around the world in the refining, petrochemicals and gas processing/LNG sectors. At approximately 40%, the Asia-Pacific region is the leader in active projects, followed by the Middle East and the U.S. Asia has also been the leader in new project announcements over the past year. Globally, new project announcements have increased for the past four months.

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New project announcements, December 2019–February 2021

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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