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In process plants – as opposed to personal relationships – it is energy that makes the world go round. Energy makes pumps whizz, furnaces roar, and with a little help from catalysis, molecul..

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

In process plants – as opposed to personal relationships – it is energy that makes the world go round. Energy makes pumps whizz, furnaces roar, and with a little help from catalysis, molecules crack. The process materials themselves also represent a considerable store of energy, especially in hydrocarbon processing. So, there is a lot of energy in a process plant; some of it is in quite surprising places. And with energy comes danger, and the potential for Making Major Catastrophes. Potential. The potential energy of an item is energy by virtue of the item's "position." We tend to think of this in terms of objects suspended above the ground such as a girder suspended from

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