Wright, Tim L.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Sweden

HPIn Europe: Compliance projects grow as deadlines loom

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

If it feels to you as if a trickle of small capital projects is turning into a flood, then you're not on your own. A lot more is on your plate these days if you're running a process plant in Europe...

HPIn Europe: Biodiesel new builds and a green superfuel

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Greenergy will go ahead and build its first biodiesel plant in the Humber Estuary in the UK, near the ConocoPhillips refinery. Greenergy may be a seasoned "early bird" in new fuels, but it certainly w..

HPIn Europe: Spilled wine and our split industry

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The top tier of oil majors held a fairly united front almost to the end over the Clean Air Act and Auto Oil, but the split in our industry has never been so marked as it is over climate change. Now th..

HPIn Europe: Drilling down into the prospects for gasification

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month, I went off into some blue skies thinking about the energy shortfall, gasification, hydrogen and CO2 capture and storage. This month, I want to grab the string on that balloon and p..

HPIn Europe: Beginning of the start of the end of oil

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Here's a long view, a very long view, on the way hydrocarbon processing for energy and transport may develop over the next 50 years, starting quite possibly with a billion dollars of investment here i..

HPIn Europe: What if we've got it all wrong about diesel?

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What a harbinger of doom I feel at this festive time of year. There you all are investing in no-sulphur diesel for Europe ? building these great big hydrocrackers from Huelva refinery in the South of ..

HPIn Europe: The $3,500 metric ton of gasoline

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

They're doing some unusual things with alkylate here. ?Here? being on the archipelago where I live in Sweden. There's alkylate in little plastic tanks and on the pump at a local station here. Now it a..

HPIn Europe: Keeping the barricades away from your refinery gate

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What I like about reading Isaac Asimov (I'm on the last book of his classic sci-fi series) is the way it gets me to see the history in current events. This month, I've had a think about how history mi..

HPIn Europe: A crisis, a crunch and a bottleneck

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The excitement of starting to write for HP has been tempered over the past month or so by a family crisis ? the birth by emergency ceasarian of a little son with a syndrome of ailments. One of the few..