Nakamura, D. N.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, Texas

HPIn Processing: Deal-making heats up in 1998

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

After a busy first half of 1997, transactions in the refining sector seemed to slow somewhat – virtually no deals were made after my June 1997 column on refining consolidation. This proved to be ..

HPIn Processing: Clean fuels update

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month in the "Editorial," I discussed the new low-sulfur proposal presented by a coalition of U.S. refiners. I mentioned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was due to release a d..

HPIn Processing: U.S. refiners' low-sulfur proposal

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The U.S. oil industry last month proposed a regulatory plan for lowering sulfur levels in gasoline. This proposal, released on March 20, is to accompany EPA's Tier II emission standards for vehicles, ..

The future of European refining

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Although recent economic and financial happenings in Asia-Pacific have shifted everyone's focus there, it is not the only area of the world projected to have major changes over the next few years. Eur..

Fuels and feedstocks

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A growing concern for the environment (example: December's Kyoto conference) is driving worldwide demand for cleaner fuels and feedstocks. And although there have been some fascinating developments in..

HPIn Processing: The end of MTBE?

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Events unfolding in California over the past few months could signal the end of the use of MTBE as a gasoline additive. Arising concerns over water contamination from leaking gasoline underground stor..

HPIn Processing: Process engineering tools

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

One of the privileges of the editor's job is that we regularly get "desk copies" of newly published books. Although HP does not have an official column for book reviews, recently I have received some ..

State of the worldwide refining industry

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Worldwide capital spending for refining-related projects is expected to reach a record $17.2 billion in 1998, according to the recently published 1998 HPI Market Data.1 Spending is up in all regions o..

HPIn Competitiveness: Greenhouse gases and the refining industry

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This December, an event will occur that could have significant repercussions on the worldwide refining industry through the next decade. The event is the 1997 Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto, Ja..

HPIn Processing: A refining recovery

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Great, it happened again. As soon as an “HP In Processing” is printed, along comes some information or an article that supports the opposite of what I had written. Just one of the occupation..

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