Thinnes, Billy

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

HP Impact: China overtakes US as top energy consumer

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

China became the world’s largest energy consumer in 2010, overtaking the US during a year that saw the rebound in the global economy drive consumption higher and at a rate not seen since the afte..

HP Associations: Useful news floats downstream

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The mega-gathering known as the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is primarily focused upstream and offshore, but there are nuggets of information that seep out from its yearly proceedings that hav..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Natural gas demandAccording to the US Energy Infor-mation Administration, the total of more than 22.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas demand in 2010 was the highest-ever level in the US, exceeding ..

HP Impact: Refining margins under pressure to 2015

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

KBC Advanced Technologies recently published its refining outlook, a report that analyzes issues facing the global oil refining sector and discusses their impact on the crude-oil and refined-products ..

HP Impact: US PVC producers see healthy exports

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

PVC demand returned to positive growth in 2010 following the collapse in consumption experienced in 2008 and 2009, according to a new report on market dynamics in the vinyls chain, published by Nexant..

HP Impact: Oil and gas supports two million jobs in Texas

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US oil and natural gas industry supports two million jobs in Texas and 24% of the state’s economy, according to a new study commissioned by API and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.API Pre..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

BASF foam insulating LNG pipes in KoreaBASF’s specialty foam Basotect is now, for the first time, being used to insulate pipes in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank terminal in Gwangyang, Korea. ..

HP Impact: HPI recovery underway despite uncertainty

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Purvin & Gertz recently released its global petroleum market outlook for 2011. The study provides an analysis of global and regional markets for crude oil and refined products within a framework of wo..

HP Impact: Small-scale chemistry could improve biodegradable polymers

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Using a small block of aluminum with a tiny groove carved in it (Fig. 1), a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Polytechnic Institute of New York..

HP Impact: US auto industry could boost profits with higher mileage standards

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As the US ramps up vehicle fuel efficiency standards, new reports from Citi Investment Research, Ceres and longtime independent industry experts conclude that US automakers will be more profitable at ..