October 1999

Archive

Corrosion/Coatings

Reduce corrosion in amine gas absorption columns
Mogul, M. G., Belzona, Inc.

Polymer coating systems provide barriers to protect vital plant equipment against stress-corrosion cracking

Columns

HP Control: Trends in control
Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The organizers of INTERKAMA (world's largest instrumentation and control conference held in Düsseldorf, Oct. 18–23), forwarded a series of short papers on trends in control to help promote t..

HP Reliability: Consider third-party inspection
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The HPI, as a provider of quality services and products, would like to receive guaranteed quality from its suppliers. Unfortunately, having set high standards for ourselves does not guarantee that oth..

HPInternet: Find new and used refining equipment
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

So that compressor on the cat went down last night, and your supplier has a five-month back order in place! Or your old heat exchanger finally gave up the ghost and is leaking like a sieve. What are y..

HP Insight: If we only had a simple solution
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

If refiners thought that they were busy before, they must really brace themselves now. More changes and environmentally driven issues are ahead in the next few years. This is the underlying message fr..

HPIn SHE: Not the only game in town
Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Few situations are worse for the consultant than the client with preconceived ideas. I've had one of these recently, and it reminded me of a similar case a few years ago. In the recent case, the clien..

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

Borsig Energy GmbH, Ratigen, Germany, a reputable company operating in the gas turbine business through Tuma Turbomach SA, Switzerland, has acquired majority interest in MDE Gasturbinen GmbH, Augsb..

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

Enterprises Products Partners L.P., Houston, Texas, has agreed to general terms and conditions for the purchase of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P.'s 25% indirect ownership interest in the 210-Mb..

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

Eni: Snamprogetti to build natural gas liquids complex Qatar General Petroleum Corp. (QGPC) has awarded Snamprogetti – an international E/C contractor and technological company of Italy's ENI ..

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

Business-to-business e-commerce growing rapidly in HPI. Experts predict Web-based purchasing will create efficiencies as part of a multichannel distribution system to chemical purchasers. Forrester R..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Profitability spike for petrochemicals in '01?
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A profitability and price projection from SRI International examines the drivers for costs and cycle timing in the petrochemicals industry. The base-case scenario forecasts "broad recovery in capacity..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Status of planned NOx reductions
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

U.S. power plant operators are proceeding with construction and planning of enough selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems to accomplish 69% of the reduction needed during the ozone season in the ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: World LPG, NGL markets assessed
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The latest LPG outlook by Purvin & Gertz (P&G) features key market developments and pricing relationships, and provides a forecast for major world markets. Highlights from the regional analysis follow..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Emissions trading in Europe reviewed
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Many European countries would prefer implementation of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate change without emissions trading. But the U.S. was firmly opposed to other methods of controlling global emiss..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Study examines EPA's use of science
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A new book supports industry's long-held perception about the role of science in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) regulatory deliberations. Science at EPA: Information in the Regulat..

HP Impact: HPImpact: How are computer products recycled?
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Where have the millions of old, unwanted PCs gone? Most people are aware of the accelerating pace of technological change and its dramatic shortening of the useful lives of personal computers and othe..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Web site offers motor oil recycling tips
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The American Petroleum Institute (API) estimates that half of U.S. motorists change the oil in their own vehicles. This used oil – from cars, light trucks, motorcycles and boats – if imprope..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Structural engineering journals, databases
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is offering a trial phase of its Online Journals Program. It provides free, full content access to the 1999 journals, along with 80,000 bibliographic rec..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Notes from the 1999 ECC Conference
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over 450 industry representatives participated in this year's Engineering & Construction Contracting Conference, held at the new La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 16–17. Attendees in..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Fluid flow: special report correction Editorial comment: An inaccurate illustration was inadvertently published in a special report article "Practical process hydraulics considerations," by D. F...

Misc

MTBE will continue to play a key role in reformulated gasoline
Wigglesworth, T., Oxygenated Fuels Association

The public debate over methyl tertiary butyl ether's (MTBE's) usage in gasoline is entering the next phase – congressional consideration. After months of deliberations, EPA's Blue Ribbon Panel on..