Romanow, Stephany

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

HP Insight: Petrochemical cycles – either you 'love it or hate it'

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Commodity petrochemicals are a "love/ hate" business. When margins and profits are high, HPI operating companies are blissful and eagerly embark on spending sprees. They plan and build new capacity to..

HP Insight: A new era for the HPI

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Will the new millennium push the HPI into a new era? For many years, we have discussed how the HPI would become a global industry. Interestingly enough, it has evolved into a globalized industry. So, ..

HP Insight: Why build when you can outsource more economically?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

December's Special Report focuses on the "lack luster" plant area – utilities. This processing area is too often treated as a "stepchild." However, if problems arise with the supply of utilities ..

HP Insight: Perception becomes reality

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

U.S. refiners are facing a hostile environment. Great animosity is directed toward their final product – gasoline. Especially in California, consumers are distressed with potential health effects..

HP Insight: If we only had a simple solution

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

If refiners thought that they were busy before, they must really brace themselves now. More changes and environmentally driven issues are ahead in the next few years. This is the underlying message fr..

HP Insight: More disappointments in 1999

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Findings by EPA's Blue Ribbon Panel on oxygenates offer refiners a mixed bag of options. This panel met over a six-month period to investigate air quality benefits and water quality concerns associate..

The environment and the HPI

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Are all environmental issues resolved? Probably not, we have just arrived at the lull before the next storm hits. Much has changed over the last few years, many of the previously promulgated federal a..

HP Insight: Catalysts – They just keep things reacting

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Much of the HPI's processing improvements can be attributed to catalyst innovations. They are drivers that not only affect processing methodologies; they enable creating and modifying end-product tech..

HP Insight: How much sulfur is 'too much' for clean fuels?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the first half of '99, U.S. refiners have been hit with some tough blows. Last month, troubles began brewing when California requested to be excused from using MTBE in the RFG program and proposed ..

HP Insight: Killing the messenger – MTBE

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Some amazing developments are unraveling in California. To a great surprise, California Gov. Gray Davis has banned MTBE usage in gasoline. After holding public hearings concerning the University of Ca..