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Hydrocarbon Processing 2021 Awards FINALISTS
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication for nearly 100 yr, has announced the finalists for its fifth annual HP Awards, which celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.

Cybersecurity: How HPI companies can protect against ransomware and other cyber threats
Parsons, M., Corso, R., Sungard Availability Services

Ransomware has become an epidemic, and critical infrastructure is in the crosshairs.

Materials management: Data-centric execution to enhance organizational productivity—Part 1
Wyss, S., Bechtel Corp.

As a veteran of many capital projects once observed, “All projects execute materials management—those that do so without a plan and the appropriate resources just do it very poorly.”

Are furnace emissions proving to be your Achilles heel?
Singh, S., Mukherjee, R., Engineers India Ltd.

Furnaces, or fired heaters, provide the source of heat required for major industrial processes.

CO2 emissions reduction via a pinch study in a vacuum distillation unit

The project detailed here was carried out on a vacuum distillation unit (VDU) in the TÜPRAŞ İzmir refinery.

Enhance aromatics production with concurrent reduction of environmental footprint—Part 1

Catalytic reforming processes produce olefin contaminants in aromatics streams via paraffin dehydrogenation side reactions.

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Total active projects by region and sector, excluding holds

Data provided by Global Energy Infrastructure. 

Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,100 projects around the world. At 40%, the Asia-Pacific region holds the largest market share in total active projects followed by the Middle East and the U.S. These three regions represent nearly 70% of all active projects in the hydrocarbon processing industry.

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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