April 1999


Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Developments in natural gas liquefaction
Finn, A. J., Johnson, G. L., Costain Oil, Gas & Process Ltd.; Tomlinson, H. L., Syntroleum Corp.

New technologies and design methods will play a large role in the design and construction of LNG projects


HP Control: Moving control into the field
Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

I recently turned into our Production Dept. the articles for our May supplement, Fieldbus Technology. It will be mailed to readers of Gulf Publishing Co.'s three magazines – Hydrocarbon Processin..

HP Reliability: How installation and operation influence MTBF
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Mean-time-between and mean-time-to-failure (MTBF and MTTF) can differ for the same equipment. The differences are often attributable to quality of installation and grade of operation. This situation i..

HPInternet: OilMonitor
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

The folks at PricewaterhouseCoopers have created a Web site that is useful to the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), especially those running crude units and buying crude. The product is called Oi..

HP Insight: More news on ethylene
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Lots of activity is occurring within the HPI. In March, several major announcements were released concerning ethylene manufacturing. At their March ethylene technology seminar, Kellogg Brown & Root (K..

HPIn SHE: We haven't got a button
Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Recently, I was in Birmingham, England, attending Maintec 99, the international maintenance conference and exhibition. One morning, I found myself running short of pounds sterling. Thus, I had either ..

HPIn Competitiveness: Enterprise asset management: what is it?
Lamb, R. G., Cost Control Systems, LLC

Over time, many acronyms have been given to the organizational function to manage equipment availability performance. More recently, a new acronym has emerged: EAM. It stands for enterprise asset mana..

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

ABB Lummus Global, Bloomfield, New Jersey, and TARGOR have cooperatively agreed to promote and license TARGOR's Novolen polypropylene technology. Under the agreement, the Lummus technology division wi..

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

Alfa Laval, Richmond, Virginia, a world leading manufacturer of compact heat exchangers, has acquired Vicarb S.A., a French manufacturer and supplier of compact heat exchangers. The merger of the two ..

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

Algroup lonza to operate glycerin refinery A division of the Swiss-based algroup, algroup lonza, has made a substantial investment in the modernization of its glycerin refining operations at Paines..

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

Opportunities for investment in Mexico's energy sector were delineated by that country's Energy Minister, Luis Téllez. In an interview with the Mexican Investment Board, the minister cited "new a..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Demand for light olefins to command 5%/yr growth in 2000
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

World ethylene capacity is expected to increase by 23.3 million tons (MMton) from 1997 to 2003, forecasts Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI). Construction of new steam crackers will occur in ever..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Industry meetings showcase technology, business strategies
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Representatives from the HPI recently met at two major organizations' annual events. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) held its Spring National Meeting in Houston, Texas, March 14-1..

HP Impact: HPImpact: LPG industry in FSU has 'potential for revival,' says P&G
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The former Soviet Union (FSU) has the largest natural gas reserves in the world. The region also contains significant crude oil reserves. Recent declines in crude oil production appear to have leveled..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Outlook for global plastics arena focuses on Europe
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Production of plastic materials in Western Europe was about 40 million metric tons (MMton) in 1997. This represents about one-quarter of worldwide production and is on a par with output levels in the ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Oil majors: how big are they?
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A new report from the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation focuses on market size and share for the world's seven largest private, (pre-merger) major oil companies: Exxon, Mobil, BP, Amoco, Texaco, ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Trends forecast for industrial energy use, natural gas demand
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Between 1985 and 1992, U.S. industrial consumption of natural gas increased 3.3%/yr – nearly twice the rate of competing fuels. A new report from the Gas Research Institute details hard-to-collec..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Microbe that 'eats' MTBE undergoes testing in the field
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An MTBE-eating microbe is being field-tested by researchers at the University of California at Davis. The natural organism was discovered at a wastewater treatment facility. According to the Oxygenate..

HP Impact: HPImpact: POSC/CAESAR project sets 1999 goals
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The POSC/CAESAR project focuses on standardizing the technical data definitions for facilities and equipment associated with onshore and offshore oil and gas development facilities. There are close ti..


News and notes from NPRA
Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) held its Annual Meeting in San Antonio from March 21–23. As I have written in the past, this is one of my favorite industry meetings to ..