February 1997


Special Report: Clean Fuels

Trends in catalysis research to meet future refining needs
Absi-Halabi, M., Stanislaus, A., Qabazard, H., Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

Environmental and clean-fuel requirements are creating a demand for new and innovative catalysts


Kuwait: A country and a corporation
Akande, B. O., Wayland Baptist University

Diversifying this country's investments proved to be a smart strategy, economically

Economics/Process Technology

Successfully transfer HPI proprietary technology
Hassan, N., BE&K

Licensing processes does not end at basic design, rather it is a continuous communication that passes knowledge and experience between the licensor and client

Loss Prevention/Environment

Minimize environmental impacts when replacing underground pipe
Miller, L. R., Ashland Petroleum Co.; Krol, T. R., Insituforum Technologies, Inc.

Using a unique rehabilitation method, a refiner repairs an aging sewer while containing soil contamination

Management Guidelines

Innovative ideas at work: leveraging best practices
Olstead, C., Choksi, T., Bechtel Corp.

Information applications may best be learned by asking traditional journalism questions: who, what, when, where, why and how


HP Control: Advanced process control: it takes effort to make it work
Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

Conventional wisdom has it that investments in advanced process control pay out in weeks. Pour in the money, and things will begin to happen. Years of work as an advanced control consultant have taugh..

HP Reliability: Lubrication – not an afterthought
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This new thinking supersedes the old notion that lubrication automation is difficult to cost-justify or that auto-lubrication provisions can be retrofitted as needed. In a highly cost-competitive envi..

HPInternet: Site of the month: Chemical Engineering URL's Directory
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

If you are a chemical engineer, you need to bookmark this site. The Chemical Engineering URL's Directory is brought to us by the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany..

HP Insight: More petrochemical options . . .
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Next month, HP will feature the special report on licensed-proprietary petrochemical technologies – Petrochemical Processes '97. While editing and reviewing process technologies for this feature,..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Low-cost microwave level control More accurate and reliable sensing of virtually any liquid or slurry is now claimed to be possible. A low-cost Guided Wave Radar level control system has been develope..

HPInformer: North America Edition
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ashland Chemical Co., Dublin, Ohio, a division of Ashland Inc., has acquired the water treatment business of Chemextra OY, Tampere, Finland. Terms of the acquisition have not been announced. The boil..

HPInformer: International Edition
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC), Ontario, Canada, has joined the software engineering arm of AEA Technology plc (AEAT), U.K. ASC is a leading provider of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) softwa..

New Developments: NEW Developments

Remote site monitoring A new family of remote site monitoring systems, said to establish new standards in price and size for telemetry units, has been introduced. The Messenger 300 Series Remote Mo..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Roberson, M., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Dow and Siam Cement to build first Asia polyethylene plant Siam Polyethylene Company, Ltd., a joint venture formed by Dow Plastics and the Siam Cement Group, will build the first Asia polyethylene pro..

Free Literature: FREE literature capsules

Butterfly valves The Axially pliant seat in Tufline High Performance Butterfly Valves from Xomox is patented and exclusive. To assure consistent, long-life sealing, the seat's "memory core" precludes ..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

World environmental market forecast to grow from $888 billion in 1996 to over $1 trillion by 2000, according to a report from the McIlvaine Co., Northbrook, Illinois. Purchases of environmental prod..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Emerging global energy market promises opportunities, risks
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

New opportunities for global energy companies are identified in two CERA (Cambridge, Massachusetts) reports, "Embracing Change" and "Emerging Global Energy Companies: Eye on the 21st Century." The fol..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Learning: future workplace 'commodity'
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Global competition and rapid technological advances will continue to influence the workplace of the future, says the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Ten major trends are predicte..

HP Impact: HPImpact: R&D expenditures to be $192 billion
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Following years of stagnation, investment in research and development (R&D) in the U.S. will show a real increase in 1997, according to an annual forecast from Battelle, Columbus, Ohio. R&D expenditur..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Improvement forecast for Asia, Europe, U.S. refining margins
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The most important downstream trends are analyzed in a recent report, Refining and Marketing Investments and Insights, from Salomon Brothers. A summary of significant findings from the analysis: The..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Air quality standards controversy continues
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The dust has not settled over the EPA's controversial proposal for ozone and particulate matter (PM). Earlier in January, EPA held hearings on the proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Antioxidant demand to grow 3.4% annually
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

U.S. antioxidant demand is forecast to increase 3.4% annually to over 540 million pounds by the year 2000. It is valued at $1.5 billion, according to a new report by The Freedonia Group, Inc., Clevela..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Device network technology offers expanding total plant benefits
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Shipments of device network nodes are forecast to increase at more than 31% annually over the next five years, says a report from Automation Research Corp. (ARC), Dedham, Massachusetts. The study attr..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Better magnetic paint enhances tape quality
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Engineers at the University of Alabama are studying magnetic particles dispersion to improve magnetic paint. Understanding this paint's properties at the nanometer level can enhance its performance. M..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Outlook strong for acetic acid
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Acetic acid holds a strong methanol demand for the next five years due to its diverse range of direct and ultimate end uses. Fig. 1 shows acetic acid's universe of applications. These include: ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Updated standards guide now available
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a Guide to NIST. This updated information resource describes hundreds of different research projects, grants, industry outreach program..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Environmental advocacy subject of survey
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A recent Roper Starch poll indicates a gender gap on the question of environmental protection. The poll, commissioned by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, showed that 23% o..


Clean fuel technologies
Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) have long been touted as the wave of the future to replace gasoline-powered vehicles. Yet only recently have AFVs begun to make initial penetrations into the large con..