Thinnes, Billy

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

HP Associations: The era of the integrated oil company has passed

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) gathered in San Antonio, Texas, for its 109th annual meeting in March. Key points of conversation included the ongoing battle with the US Env..

HP Impact: Pipeline safety bill introduced in US Senate

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Two US senators have introduced legislation to enhance pipeline safety in the country. The bill strengthens pipeline safety oversight by the US federal government and addresses long-standing safety is..

HP Impact: 2010 midstream M&A activity hits $49 billion

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions involving midstream energy assets, which include natural gas pipelines, gas-gathering and processing facilities, as well as tankers and diversifie..

HP Impact: Association says CFATS should be made permanent

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In written testimony before a US congressional panel, the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) said existing Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) are effective and shou..

HP Impact: US demand for activated carbon growing

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US demand for activated carbon, including both virgin and reactivated products sold by activated carbon suppliers, is forecast to grow 15.8% per year to 1.2 billion pounds in 2014. The main driver of ..

HP Associations: Maintenance, securing the cloud and a pep talk

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Microsoft’s Global Energy Forum was held in January at the Westin Galleria in Houston. The gathering offered a little bit of everything for interested parties: some upstream, some downstream, lot..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ethanol infrastructure lackingThe US does not have the infrastructure to meet the federal mandate for renewable fuel use with ethanol but could meet the standard with significant increases in cellulos..

HP Impact: Energy stocks outperformed market indices in 2010

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Despite a poor start, 2010 finished as a “wonderful year” for energy investors, with more than 65% of oil and gas stocks delivering positive returns last year, according to a report from IHS..

HP Impact: Team overcomes obstacles to cellulosic biofuel production

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A newly engineered yeast strain can simultaneously consume two types of sugar from plants to produce ethanol, researchers report. The sugars are glucose, a six-carbon sugar that is relatively easy to ..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Improved outlook for US chemicalsThe outlook for the US chemicals manufacturing sector is improving gradually and global production is set to increase in the coming year, thanks in part to dramatic gr..