June 1997

Archive

Environment/Reliability

Control corrosion in washwater systems
Turner, J., Fluor

When operating reactor wash units above design conditions residual salts can cause equipment failures

HP Impact: HP Impact: Process, general industrial oils dominate U.S. lubricants demand
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

U.S. industrial lubricants demand is forecast to increase nearly 2%/yr to 1.2 billion gallons in 2001. Gains will be driven by healthy industrial production and generally favorable trends in nondurabl..

HP Impact: HP Impact: 'Best refining margins' in six months – CERI
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The rapid decline of crude prices has outpaced the decline in product prices, thus, refiners are enjoying the highest margins in six months. Best refining margins were found in the Mediterranean, due ..

HP Impact: HP Impact: Chlor-alkali industry faces key issues
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

More than 500 companies produce chlor-alkali worldwide, with annual capacity of 50 million short tons of chlorine. Of the 650 manufacturing sites, over half are located in Asia-Pacific, but these are ..

HP Impact: HP Impact: Refiners worldwide are adopting performance management strategies
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Fundamentals for the refining industry "have never appeared better," according to a recent outlook from Purvin & Gertz (P&G), Houston, Texas. Crude capacity utilization is near peak levels worldwide. ..

HP Impact: HP Impact: Asian market propels HPI, automation growth
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Rapid economic growth is creating new opportunities in developing countries for chemical manufacturers and automation suppliers. Increased exports of chemicals as well as more investments in manufactu..

HP Impact: HP Impact: Natural gas demand in U.S. forecast to grow 40% by 2015
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past 10 years, U.S. gas demand has in-creased from 16 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) to almost 22 Tcf. Continuing with low energy prices, strong economic growth and improved technological advances..

HP Impact: HP Impact: Study models vehicle emissions reductions
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Auto/ Oil Air Quality Improvement Research Program (AQIRP), conducted by three domestic auto companies and fourteen oil companies, has issued the six-year program's findings. The conclusion: "chan..

HP Impact: HP Impact: Oil supply/ demand gap widens in Asia-Pacific
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 1996, oil consumption in Asia-Pacific region amounted to 18.2 million barrels per day (MMbpd). Incremental oil demand was 712 thousand bpd (Mbpd) during 1996, down from 798 Mbpd in 1995. A recent a..