Wright, Tim L.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Sweden

HPIn Europe: Europe's Asian corridor builds a new downstream

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The southeast of Europe can feel more or less impenetrable to an English speaker based in the snowy north, so I was pleased to bump into my old friend Ozren in Italy the other day. Ozren lives in Serb..

HPIn Europe: Ministers meet to discuss milestone energy proposal

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gasification is to be a key topic during the upcoming discussion at European Council level of Europe's Strategic Energy Review. The review is ambitious in scope, dramatic in its language and clear in ..

HPIn Europe: Replace fuel oil with distillate? Refiners ask how

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

"It can't be done, at least not in that timetable." You get a pretty strong reaction when you put the ideas contained in a Marpol submission by the independent tanker owners association to a seasoned ..

HPIn Europe: Canceled projects to sustain margins as costs soar

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Five hundred announced projects. Sixty-six new refineries. A total of 180 upgrading projects and another 180 for clean fuels. The numbers were both stunning and somewhat implausible at this year's Eur..

HPIn Europe: Tanker group: Marine distillate not fuel oil from 2010

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

My friend who runs an oil tanker business has just heard from his trade organization that it has made a submission in a working group that high-sulfur and low-sulfur fuel oil should be replaced by a n..

HPIn Europe: Maiden voyage into refining yields renewables megaproject

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When Sir Richard Branson, the UK billionaire businessman, first said he wanted to build oil refineries, a friend of mine – a well-known consultant – got on the phone to Virgin Group headquar..

HPIn Europe: Agency demands CO2 capture at Norway refinery

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last year, I said that the next refinery constructions in Europe or the US would only get the go-ahead if they included plans to capture and store CO2. I played it just a bit safe by restricting my pr..

HPIn Europe: Still searching for Buncefield answers

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The independent group set up last December to investigate the terminal explosion and fire at Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, UK, has uncovered fundamental problems with planning and emergency prepar..

HPIn Europe: Where now for Europe's cleanest-burning diesel?

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Now that there are large quantities of sulfur-free diesel on the European market, how much sense does it make that Sweden continues to insist on its own gold-plated environmental distillate quality wi..

HPIn Europe: My slow awakening to climate change

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past three weeks, after attending two conferences, I feel that I've crossed a threshold of understanding – as Europeans did in 1938 or early 1939. After a decade of warnings, they realiz..