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Viewpoint: The pathway towards autonomy: How process automation is building the future plant
Urso, J., Honeywell Process Solutions

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Jason Urso (JU), Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell Process Solutions, to discuss the current state of the process automation industry, how new technologies are enhancing efficiency and safety, and what the future holds for automation.

Pressure swing adsorption vessels fatigue analysis
Kittur, A., Saudi Aramco

The hydrogen (H2) plant in a refinery produces high-purity (99.9+ vol%) H2 products using a licensed pressure swing adsorption (PSA) purification process to fulfill the H2 makeup needs of refinery hydroprocessing facilities.

Use CFD analysis to evaluate the impact of hot air recirculation on air-cooled heat exchangers
Chen, C-C., CTCI, Corp.

Air-cooled heat exchangers are widely used in the petroleum, petrochemical, natural gas and other industries for cooling purposes. In contrast to a water-cooled system, which consists of a traditional shell-and-tube heat exchanger and a cooling tower, an air-cooled heat exchanger uses ambient air as the main cooling medium.

History of the HPI: The 1990s: Clean fuels and emissions mitigation, M&A, GTL and the fieldbus wars
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Much like several initiatives passed in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s were a decade heavily focused on environmental issues, with many new regulations being enacted to not only mitigate industrial and vehicle emissions but also to advance the production of clean fuels globally.

Green refinery challenges: Small-scale sulfur recovery
Echt, W., Merichem

As the gavel dropped, signaling a historic agreement at the conclusion of COP26 (2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Glasgow, Scotland, leaders from 197 nations agreed to continue supporting the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The race is on!

Column revamp using packings and internal modeling and revamping technology
Shirpurkar, V., Sahara International Petrochemical Co.; Arora, A., Kale, V., Sulzer Chemtech Middle East WLL

The challenge of frequent plugging in vent gas scrubbers is resolved with the highest degree of maleic anhydride (MAN) product recovery.

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Project: Karachi Refinery Expansion and Upgrade Project (REUP)
Location: Karachi, Pakistan
Operator: Pakistan Refinery Ltd
Cost: $1.2 B
Capacity: 45,000 bpd
Completion date: 2027
Status: Planning
Project: Dos Bocas [Olmeca] Refinery Project
Location: Dos Bocas Port, Mexic
Operator: Pemex
Cost: $12 B
Capacity: 340,000 bpd
Completion date: 2024
Status: Under construction
Project: Ras Laffan RLPP Ethane Cracker Project
Location: Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar
Operator: Qatar Energy and CPChem – Joint Venture
Cost: $2 B
Capacity: 1.9 MMtpy
Completion date: 2025
Status: Planning
Project: Abadan Refinery Project
Location: Abadan, Iran
Operator: National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Co.
Cost: $3.2 B
Capacity: 210,000 bpd
Completion date: 2022
Status: Under Construction