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December 1999


Special Report: Plant Utilities

Consider using hydrogen plants to cogenerate power needs
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.: Baade, W. F.  |  Gagliardi, C.  |  Terrible, J.  |  Shahani, G.
Technip USA: Bredehoft, R.  |  Ralston, M.

Many forces are reshaping the worldwide hydrogen market; refiners have several options to receive steam and electrical power from a hydrogen plant

Refiner uses cogeneration project to revamp for high-sulfur crudes
Foster Wheeler Power Systems, Inc.: Karpenski, M. J.
Petrox SA Refineria de Petroles: Alveal, E. D.

Under a cooperative agreement with partners, a Chilean refinery installed a delayed coker and hydrotreater to improve refining flexibility, produce ?clean' fuels and receive utilities from a cogeneration unit that burns plant waste byproducts


HP Control: Systems integration insights from NPRA
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Kane, L.

The National Petrochemical and Refining Association held its annual Computer Conference and Showcase November 14–17 in Kansas City, Missouri. The topic of the question-and-answer session was syst..

HP Reliability: Avoiding electrical damage to bearings
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Major machinery often suffers bearing damage due to shaft currents. Common sources of shaft currents are electromagnetic, static charge buildup and electrical equipment related. Such damage can appear..

HPInternet: Y2K: ready or not, here it comes
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

As I write this column in mid-November, I hope that you will never need the links I've posted here. The opinions over Y2K readiness vary from "non-event" to three-year disaster. Many articles and Web ..

HP Insight: Why build when you can outsource more economically?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

December's Special Report focuses on the "lack luster" plant area – utilities. This processing area is too often treated as a "stepchild." However, if problems arise with the supply of utilities ..

HP Water Management: Thinking about outsourcing your water system?
MarTech Systems, Inc.: Huchler, L. A.

As water systems reach the end of their service life, facilities must replace or repair these water systems. Sometimes, a plant expansion may necessitate enlarging the water system. A conventional sol..

HPIn SHE: Unit processes
ility Engineering: Whetton, Chris

Earlier, I was jotting down notes for this column while eating a greasy, undercooked breakfast, in an unheated, alcohol-free, departure lounge, waiting to board an aircraft, which had its last full se..

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

Ashland Energy Services, Dublin, Ohio, an operating unit of Ashland Specialty Chemical Co., Dublin, Ohio, and Energy Marketing Services, Inc. (EMS), Columbus, Ohio, a pioneer in natural gas marketi..

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

ABB to construct grassroots facility for Monsanto ABB Lummus Global has been awarded a lump sum turnkey contract by Monsanto Co. for a grassroots chemical intermediate facility. The new complex wil..

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

Hydrocarbon Processing adds water management column. Beginning this month, "H P In Water Management," will focus on issues impacting plant utilities and energy systems (see page 107). Loraine A. Huch..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Case studies describe how to improve steam systems efficiency
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A series of steam-related case studies developed for the Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) by Mobil Corp., documents several steam systems improvements. Mobil's approach may be able to benefit o..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Ethylene oxide demand indicates 'excellent growth'
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The ethylene oxide (EO)/mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) markets continue to be "healthy and show excellent growth prospects," according to a study from TECNON (UK) Ltd. Those looking for signs that Asian F..

HP Impact: HPImpact: HPI companies lag in Internet use
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The e-commerce tidal wave has been rolling through many industries within the past year, but the petroleum industry is under siege. An analysis of public Web sites of the top global petroleum companie..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Natural gas market share to rise in Asia
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A new report investigates the increasing investment opportunities throughout Asia and the increased scope for further penetration by natural gas into the many energy markets. With continuing growth in..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Interest in Ethernet technology to 'surge' in two waves
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Ethernet has the potential for spanning all levels of industrial application, from the supervisory level, down through the control and device levels and finally to the I/O level. Ethernet competes wit..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Lubricant users benchmarked
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

An industrial lubricant user study surveys the attitudes, needs and future purchasing plans of users and specifiers across the U.S. manufacturing marketplace. Synthetic and hydrocracked lubricants are..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Data compiled show NGV opportunities
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Fueling station availability and fuel price represent key constraints in the expansion of the natural gas powered vehicle (NGV) market. The Gas Research Institute has prepared a report providing infor..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Market for advanced chemical treatment
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The U.S. market for advanced chemical waste treatments is estimated at nearly $5.5 billion in 1999, according to a study from Business Communications Co., Inc. By 2005, the total is expected to be $8...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Gilliland plot revisited Fig. 1 in the "Letters to the editor" section of the September 1999 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing was inadvertently excluded. We apologize for the error and any inconve..


Where are we? – The value of benchmarking done properly
CH2M Hill: Sloley, A. W.

As we prepare to enter the last year of the millennium, many of us will use some time to audit – Where are we are and what do we want to do? This inventorying helps us to meet our personal goals ..