Wright, Tim L.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Sweden

HPIn Europe: Industry grapples with downshift as its greatest structural change looms

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

With all the handwringing over downstream losses for the end of 2009, it's been interesting to note the absence of what is often the first barricade that a CEO will duck behind. Apparently, this bad n..

HPIn Europe: Forget dieselization of the marine fleet, what about gas?

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Forget smoke-and-mirrors fuel cell engine that exudes only water vapor, a German company has developed one that emits substantial amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), and this may be a very good thing. I..

HPIn Europe: Duh! Business as usual will not be good for the HPI

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Where the common ground between my best friends in engineering and I becomes a parkland with fireworks is when we share the "aha moments." I suspect it's from that curious, excited child in my friends..

HPIn Europe: Forecast for Europe: Bankers get richer as old refiners fade away

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It may have been the banking industry that paved the way into the present global downturn. But it is European refineries that will be shutting up shop, and there's no government rescue waiting in the ..

HPIn Europe: NOC megaprojects, not climate policies, will be closing your local refiner

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Some 800,000 bpd (800 Mbpd) of refinery expansion capacity, which faded and disappeared from the radar of the OECD's energy forecasts last year, is now back. There was quite a fanfare over capacity re..

HPIn Europe: Refiners' great plans look badly awry in 2009

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In September 2004, with anticipation of that year's European Refining Technology Conference, I summoned up an image of a ring of refining VPs around the Atlantic basin looking at billion-dollar invest..

Costly flawed paradigm means 'shaking up' molecules

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Because there's no such thing as throwing things "away," it's time to get out the white coats and do some serious chemistry. We need to use hydrocarbon molecules in a completely different way. Also, w..

HP Control: Glut of stored distillate infers betting on EU's diesel

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Just outside the archipelago here, the Danish shipping operator, Maersk, has applied for permission to conduct ship-to-ship transfers to and from large crude carriers at anchor. There's a lot more of ..

HPIn Europe: The future is big; the future is east

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Refining margins have been off badly in the first half of 2009. In Europe, a couple of simpler refiners have, at least temporarily, taken their ball home. Is this just the way Europe weathers a recess..

HPIn Europe: Sacrificed to the money system: engineering workforce

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Because of the shortage of an artificial commodity known as money, people who produce a real commodity known as oil will shortly be losing their livelihoods and, quite possibly, their homes. We're use..