January 2003


Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Build a better NGL sour water stripping unit
Eskaros, M. G., WorleyParsons

Better design practices can enhance process performance

Small-scale LNG facility development
Price, B. C., Black & Veatch

Include these vital design characteristics for improved project costs

Optimize your search for sulfur-recovery technology
Kilian, M., Siemens AG; Wozny, G., Technical University Berlin

New simulation techniques can clearly define sulfur reactions and processes for TGTUs

Consider optimized iron-redox processes to remove sulfur
Nagl, G. J., Gas Technology Products Division, Merichem Chemical & Refinery Services LLC; Heguy, D. L., Gas Technology Products LLC

New processing developments are overcoming operational obstacles of older units


Reduce underside corrosion in aboveground storage tanks
Al-Mutairi, A. H., Habiby, F., Imtiaz, R. R., Arabian Petrochemical Company

Follow these guidelines to avoid leaks

Management Guidelines

Look beyond traditional organizational structure
Pankoff Sr., J. A., Center for Process Plant Management,LLC, and TTS Performance Systems, Inc.

Production-centered design improves, sustains total plant performance

Rotating Equipment

Increase power and efficiency of LNG refrigeration compressor drivers

All-electric-driven plants can offer many benefits


HP Reliability: Consider axial thrust monitoring
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Centrifugal pumps and most other dynamic fluid machines incorporate impellers and similar rotating elements that generate axial thrust. This thrust must be taken up by a suitably dimens..

HPInternet: Technical forums for engineering professionals
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

An Internet forum is a discussion area where folks with similar concerns get together to share their thoughts and questions on a topic of mutual concern. This site hosts virtual forums ..

HP Automation Safety: Importance of the safety manual
Goble, W., exida LLC

It is the beginning of 2003, a good time for improving process safety. The new IEC 61511 standard for the process industries has passed voting on part 1 (the meat!). Most in the U.S. ex..

HP Integration Strategies: Operational excellence: future of the process industries
Woll, D., ARC Advisory Group

The process industries face enormous challenges such as cyclical markets with increasing volatility, an extraordinarily high distribution of manufacturing capital assets with their asso..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Ethanol blending methods receive patents Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco Corp., has received company patents on low-emissions gasolines containing ethanol and methods..

Jackson, Kim M., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

New company With the acquisition of DSM Petrochemicals by SABIC, all DSM Petrochemicals activities will continue under the company name - SABIC Euro Petrochemicals. All relevant l..

New Developments

Snap-on root-cause, plugged-line and quick-check diagnostics Four new advanced diagnostics SNAP-ON applications have been added to the AMS predictive maintenance software. This reported..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Jackson, Kim M., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

FEEP contract in China Foster Wheeler Ltd.'s UK subsidiary has a contract for a front-end loading and engineering package (FEEP) with BASF Aktiengesellschaft and Huntsman International ..

Free Literature

Strategies for cost-effective H2S removal Full-color brochure from Gas Technology Products LLC highlights its liquid- and solid-media desulfurization technologies to sweeten gas strea..

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

  Replacing Iraqi o..

HP Impact: Industry executive looks at downstream’s future
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Here is a brief excerpt from remarks given by Paul Skinner, Managing Director, Royal Dutch / Shell Group. Speaking at an energy conference in London, he shared his candid insights into ..

HP Impact: Most favorable conditions for successful e-commerce
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A new study identifies the U.S., UK and Canada as the nations with the best overall environments for e-commerce. Sustained policy initiatives and inherent environmental factors are keys..

HP Impact: Will China’s new leaders alter energy policies?
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The most recent changes of the top leadership in China will not lead to any immediate major policy changes in the country, say analysts with FACTS, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii. Hu Jintao is ..

HP Impact: Survey tabulates what construction execs want
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hiring may be down as the economy slows, but leading engineering, construction and architecture firms say they're spending more to train their senior executives. Respondents from 782 in..

HP Impact: Clean diesel workshop attracts industry reps
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over 260 attended the EPA/NPRA Clean Diesel Implementation Workshop held in Houston Nov. 20 - 21, 2002, to discuss the fuels industry concerns about supply and distribution of ultra-low..


Valve signatures and partial stroke testing
Gruhn, P., ICS Triplex, a Rockwell Automation Company; Essam, D., Drallim

The technology can be used on any valve without shutting down the process

Many unknowns for availability of ‘clean’ diesel
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Within 30 months, the U.S. refining industry is expected to be producing ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) - 15-ppm sulfur. According to the ULSD rule, this fuel product has several import..