December 1998


Special Report: Engineering and Construction

Strategy for a successful control system renovation
Dhar, A. K., Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.

Consider these guidelines and lessons-learned when upgrading

Consider a new contractor selection process for a shutdown alliance
McNicholas, T. M., Chevron Project Resources Company

This formalized quality evaluation can yield company-wide strategic benefits

Project practices for success
Andia, D., Consulting Engineer

Successful projects will result by following logical and proven project execution practices. Executing according to the practices presented here can result in a project that is: Completed within..

Document management throughout plant construction
Shipman, D. C., Cimage Enterprise Systems Ltd.

Electronic system can improve design and communications between engineers, contractors and operators


Online flash point calculation improves crude unit control
Montin, T., Nynas Refining AB

An inferential control method has been developed at the AB Nynäs Petroleum refinery in Nynäshamn (Sweden). The purpose of the method is to estimate the flash points for distillates from the ..

Loss Prevention

Protect vessels from overpressure
Rao Rayavarapu, S.S., Kvaerner Process, BV

Use caution when installing relief valves and rupture disks on processes handling hazardous compressible fluids

Project Management

Multi-skilling and cross training: how to find the right balance
Ford, C. M., Manufacturing Technology Strategies

Company initiatives, that address changes in equipment instrumentation, project maintenance and employee restructuring, streamline company operations and reduce costs


HP Control: Essential process control
Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) held their 40th Annual Computer Conference, November 15–18 in San Antonio, Texas. Although several good papers were presented on past and ..

HP Reliability: Machinery reliability starts with clean lubricants
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In their quest for improved machinery reliability, many companies have rightly turned their attention to such opportunities as synthetic hydrocarbon lubricants, dry sump oil-mist lubrication and autom..

HPInternet: Wall Street Research Network
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

This month I will step into a slightly different mode of Web site, the company analysis site. Wall Street Research Network ( is one of my favorite sites on the Internet and one I ..

HP Insight: Never a dull moment in the HPI
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The past few weeks of this year have been full of news and change. Several late-breaking developments will impact the petrochemical / refining industry. In the area of ethylene technology, an operat..

HPIn SHE: Wham! Zap! Pow! – Did we overlook static electricity?
Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

In Finland, it's zap season; low temperatures (i.e., anything below –10°C) are accompanied by low humidity. Add thick-soled boots and a down-filled coat made of synthetic fiber with fur trim..

HPIn Processing: Process resolutions
Sloley, A. W., CH2M Hill

Traditionally, a new year starts with resolutions of good intent. What resolutions can we make to better do our jobs in the coming year? What do we always intend to do but never quite manage? Think ab..

HPIn Competitiveness: Measuring hard-dollar benefits
Lamb, R. G., Cost Control Systems, LLC

I wrote recently that the management of several reliability and maintenance consulting firms agreed with two statements. First, reliability and maintenance improvement has immense potential to advance..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Low-cost alternative to liquid-filled gauge A lower-priced alternative to liquid-filled gauges, the Ashcroft Duragauge Plus! is claimed to change the landscape of pressure gauge technology. This lon..

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

ABB Lummus Global and Criterion Catalyst Co. L.P. have agreed with Exxon Research and Engineering Co. to jointly develop and market the SynSat distillate hydrogenation process. Exxon brings extensive ..

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

ABB Lummus Global, Criterion Catalyst Co. L.P. and Shell Global Solutions have formed the SYN Alliance to market the SYN Technology. The SYN Technology, developed and commercialized by ABB Lummus Glob..

New Developments: NEW Developments

Water-cooled combustion monitoring system withstands 3,500° An advanced, water-cooled, solid state burner management system can withstand temperatures as high as 3,500°F while televising c..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Bechtel-Linde awarded Abu Dhabi ethylene plant Abu Dhabi Polymers Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and Copenhagen-based Borealis A/S, has awarded the Bechtel-Linde allian..

Free Literature: FREE literature

Gear drives A four-color product guide, outlining the expanded line of Ultramite gear drives, is available from The Falk Corporation. The six-page brochure, with product cut-away illustrations, over..

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

Exxon buys Mobil for a reported $76 billion, a transaction that is expected to reshape the global oil industry. The deal creates the world's largest energy company, surpassing the Royal Dutch / Shell ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Financial executives assess world economy
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Corporate America forecasts a stable 1999 in the U.S., but continued turmoil internationally. So says a survey by Ernst & Young LLP of 350 top tax, treasury and finance executives from multinational c..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Europe's refiners lower oil levels in effluents
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to a recent study by CONCAWE, refineries continue to reduce oil discharged with effluents. Data from a 1997 survey shows a 43% reduction in the quantity of oil discharged from 1993 levels. C..

HP Impact: HPImpact: U.S. demand for petroleum products to rise 1.5%
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Supply and Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) has released its short-term (1998-1999) forecast at the association's 69th annual meeting in New Orleans, Oct..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Clean-burning engine technology advances
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The push for increased fuel economy and stricter regulation of automobile emissions presents engineers with a challenge to create an engine that both burns fuel more cleanly and produces fewer polluti..

HP Impact: HPImpact: CMA opposes EPA's recovered oil rule
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA) has challenged certain aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) refinery listing rule. CMA charges that a portion of the rule will prevent ch..


Secrets revealed
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing Magazine is now progressing into its 76th year of publication. Though its undergone a few name changes and many design upgrades over the years, HP is a journal that has always a..

HPImpact: Ethernet 'invasion' for field-level networks
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The influx of commercial technology into automation applications continues with Ethernet-based networks invading the field level. Control networks link automation processors such as PLCs or DCSs. Fiel..