November 1997



HP Control: Control trends at ISA TECH/97
Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ISA, the international society for measurement and control, held their annual conference and exhibit Oct. 7–9 in Anaheim, California. This event has always been a good place to see trends in inst..

HP Reliability: Maintainability – What are the options?
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Many optimally designed process machines require minimal maintenance. However, if maintenance is necessary and it cannot be easy, then at least it should be possible. What should maintenance engineers..

HPInternet: ChemConnect List of Chemistry Journals
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

Need to catch up on your chemical journal reading? Lost that great chemical article that you were saving to read later? Have no fear, my intrepid Internet surfers, now there is a great site with a ful..

HP Insight: Who's responsible for environmental compliance?
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Environmental managers have the tremendous task of ensuring that their operating facility as a whole is in compliance. This is an awesome task for a lone manager with a reduced support staff. After te..

HPIn SHE: SHE gave me for my pains a world of sighs
Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Writing books is a roller coaster of emotions: depression halfway through when you think it will never be finished; elation when you send the copy off to the publisher; depression after you send the c..

HPIn Competitiveness: Move the needle on the ROI meter
Lamb, R. G., Cost Control Systems, LLC

Return on investment (ROI) is a key meter of performance on executive management's “dashboard.” This is because ROI – sometimes called return on capital employed or return on assets ..

HP Impact: HPIn Construction
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Huntsman to expand EO, MEG capacity Huntsman Corporation has announced a major expansion of the company's ethylene oxide (EO) and mono ethylene glycol (MEG) production. The debottlenecking and u..

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

U.S. chemical exports will account for 17.5% of the total U.S. chemical industry shipments this year – which would be a record, says the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA). This forecast as..

HP Impact: HPImpact: IFP forecasts global energy use to reach 11.6 Btoe/year in 2010
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An overview of Institut Français du Pétrole's (IFP) perspectives of the refining industry in the first decade of the 21st century describes the geopolitical, economic, environmental and tech..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Asia currency crisis: will demand alter?
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Recent currency crises have rocked several Asian economies. Adding to the confusion is a variety of misinformation and poor analysis reflecting short-term concerns or fears. Recent currency devalua..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Motor gasoline market dynamics assessed
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The springs of 1996 and 1997 provide an excellent example of contrasting gasoline market dynamics, according to a recent Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis. In spring '96, tightening cru..

HP Impact: HPImpact: DMT, resins outlook and recycling effects
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Here are summaries of forecasts and analyses of two topics relevant to the HPI. These data are highlights of research from SRI Consulting, Menlo Park, California. Demand for DMT/TPA increasing. The..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Environment, fuel economy concerns drive future of lubricants market
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 2005, base stocks volumes will not significantly increase from 1995/96 levels due to drastically increased use of unconventional base stocks (UBS). UBS will account for 30% of the total base stocks..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Guidelines from ISO define terminology
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When an organization has a management system certified to the International Organization for Standards (ISO) 9000 or ISO 14000 measure, it illustrates that an independent auditor has checked that the ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Automation initiative seeks standardization
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Java Control and Automation Framework (JCAF) is an industry-driven initiative to bring innovative implementations of Java technology to the process control and automation industry. According to Sun Mi..


State of the worldwide refining industry
Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Worldwide capital spending for refining-related projects is expected to reach a record $17.2 billion in 1998, according to the recently published 1998 HPI Market Data.1 Spending is up in all regions o..