September 1997



Cost estimating made simple
Uppal, K. B., Amoco Corporation

Avoid preparing detailed estimate costs using this alternative method


HP Reliability: Spectrum, FFT and cepstrum analyses pinpoint machinery distress
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Familiarity with diagnostic techniques such as FFT spectrum analysis, cepstrum analysis and amplitude demodulation is vital when effectively diagnosing particular performance flaws in rotating machine..

HPInternet: Environmental Protection Agency
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a huge World Wide Web presence, but then they have a tremendous amount of information to provide Web surfers. A quick glance reveals over 45 separate EPA ..

HP Insight: Loss prevention – what it is and isn't
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Like many managers in other companies, the HP editorial group spends part of the summer planning the next year's agenda. For HP , our “products” are the special reports that feature the main..

HPIn SHE: Culture
Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

The distinguished professor and I stood outside the banquet hall in -20°C weather, slightly drunk, wearing full evening dress – and smoking cigars. In European academic circles, such behavio..

HPIn Processing: A refining recovery
Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Great, it happened again. As soon as an “HP In Processing” is printed, along comes some information or an article that supports the opposite of what I had written. Just one of the occupation..

HPIn Competitiveness: Is your reliability and maintenance strategy really a strategy?
Lamb, R. G., Cost Control Systems, LLC

Does your firm have a strategy for reliability and maintenance? How can you tell? As an acid test, two questions should be asked. Does your reliability and maintenance strategy have a direct, wides..

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

Krupp Uhde to supply aromatics plant Titan Petrochemicals (M) Sdn Bhd, Pasir Gudang, has awarded Krupp Uhde GmbH, Dortmund, a contract to supply engineering and equipment for an aromatics plant in ..

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

The North American NGL industry is the world's largest, accounting for more than 40% of global NGL production, "but appears poised to expand even further." So says a recent study, "North American NGL ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Change in Asia-Pacific fuel quality to have 'profound' global affect
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Any analysis of Asia's downstream oil industry should focus on product quality as well as quantity. So argues a multiclient-client study from Energy Security Analysis, Inc. (ESAI). Highlights from the..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Study analyzes HPI loss types, causes
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A study analyzing 100 large property damage losses that occurred in the hydrocarbon-chemical industries over the past 30 years reveals that "nearly all of the losses involved fires or explosions," alt..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Fieldbus technology program accelerates
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Fieldbus Foundation's board of directors has approved plans for accelerating the development of the original high speed (H2) fieldbus technology program. This accelerated development program in..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Rationalization likely for styrene market; margins to improve in 1999
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to a new study by CMAI, Houston, Texas, the styrene market is approaching oversupply. New capacity coming onstream will depress the current market. Some rationalization is anticipated; old a..

HP Impact: HPImpact: EPA hazardous waste rule still undecided
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Just weeks short of its scheduled promulgation date, the U.S. EPA obtained a four-year extension to reconsider the Hazardous Waste Identification Rule (HWIR). This rule would provide a commonsense gui..

HP Impact: HPImpact: 'Ongoing evolution' of markets to raise world polyethylene demand
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

World demand for polyethylene (including low density, linear low density and high density types) will increase over 5%/yr to 49 million metric tons (MMton) in 2001. Polyethylene (PE) remains the la..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Hydrocarbon Processing reaches 75th year
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This month Hydrocarbon Processing begins celebrating its 75th year of service to the industry. While its title has changed over the years, HP's dedication to supplying relevant information remains a c..


Celebrating 75 years of HPI growth
Swantek, G., Publisher

You may have noticed a colorful icon after our name on this month's issue. It says: Serving the industry since 1922. The issue marks our 75th anniversary of publishing refining and related hydrocarbon..