Wright, Tim L.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Sweden

HPIn Europe: London oil gathering demands social stamina

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Two of the most important dates in the HPI's meetings calendar are upon us. This month in London, where I'll be headed, it's International Petroleum Week (www.ipweek.co.uk). A few weeks later, the Nat..

HPIn Europe: Now for some technology, entertainment and design

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

James Watson, the Nobel Laureate who with Francis Crick first discovered the structure of DNA, has gone to great lengths in his life to do something that comes relatively easily to me. In his early yo..

HPIn Europe: Refining industry on a high roll

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The annual European Refining Technology Conference (ERTC) returns to Spain this month after six years of defining change. In Madrid in 2001 we were still ruminating the endless redundancies that follo..

HPIn Europe: World's oceans: harmless emissions sink or fuel-quality Jurassic Park?

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The controversy over bunker fuels is growing and broadening its reach. Dominic Boot, director of the Netherlands Petroleum Industries Association (VNPI) was recently in touch. He sees calls for a new ..

Biofuels in the US

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US biofuels market is developing rapidly, spurred both from President Bush's State of the Union address commitment to reduce dependence on foreign oil, and by a growing concern about the global en..

HPIn Europe: On seeking energy 'security'

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

I have to admit that I have problems with the concept of "security of demand." If you build a large, efficient production plant, you'll probably be justified in calling for the market to be able fre..

HPIn Europe: A changing perspective blows in

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

I've been sitting through energy industry conferences for the past 10 years, but the one I attended last week was a bit different. At an SKF maintenance conference held in Gothenburg, Sweden, the equi..

HPIn Europe: Carbon efficiency is the buzz at Brussels

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It's been a year now since I wrote about my slow awakening to climate change and more than 18 months since I predicted that the G8 statement at Gleneagles would "change everything." What an amazing ye..

HPIn Europe: Dutch pioneers chalk up pain and gain in IGCC

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The dramatic rise of integrated gasification combined cycle technology (IGCC) is an industry within an industry that has found its time. In researching the subject, I spoke with Dutch power company, N..

HPIn Europe: Commission threatens action against lax safety planning

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A leadership committed to safety has to ensure that an ethos of safety permeates the culture. We know this is an issue for companies—and BP is currently on people's minds in this regard—but ..