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September 2003


Special Report: Refining Developments

Clean fuels programs – Asia-Pacific and Western Europe styles
Belco Technologies Corp.: Confuorto, N.
Axens: Lepage, J. P.
Axens North America: Ross, J.

Two refiners from different continents strive to meet the challenges of producing lower-sulfur fuels while endeavoring to protect the environment

Consider new FCC technologies to produce low-sulfur gasoline

Capital-free techniques such as catalyst and additive programs are viable options when meeting clean fuel specifications

Case history: Converting an MTBE unit to isooctane operation
Neste Jacobs Oy: Nurminen, M.
Alberta Envirofuels Inc.: Hunszinger, P.  |  Jarvelin, H.

Due to the ban of blending MTBE into RFG, this company revamped its operation to produce another gasoline component using technology never proven on world-scale levels

Floating-roof technology advances with lessons learned from an 80-year history

Consider these design fundamentals when selecting your storage solution

Optimize revamp projects with a logic-based approach
Process Consulting Services, Inc.: Golden, S.  |  Nigg, J.
Petro-Canada Products: Moore, J.

Retrofitting processing units pose many obstacles. Test-run evaluations uncover limitations from existing infrastructures that can derail project goals

Optimize coker operations
Foster Wheeler USA Corp.: Elliott, J. D.

Refiners can update coking units via two methods – recycle or zero-recycle operations. Depending on the capability of downstream units either option can be used as part of clean-fuels program

Instrumentation/Process Control

New control scheme improves SRU control
Petronor, Apdo: Gonzalez Martin, R.  |  Mendiburu, S.  |  Sola Saez, J. M.

Sulfur emissions were reduced approximately 250 metric tons per year

Management Guidelines/Standards

Strategic business elements of ISO 9001:2000
Mustang Engineers, LP: Shah, G. C.

Along with providing quality management, certification may be a valuable marketing tool for enhancing customer confidence

Refining Developments

Revitalize stripping operations with structured packing
The Shaw Group: Letzsch, W.

Poor stripper performance of FCC spent catalyst burns up products and profits. New retrofit methods cut operating cost and increase product yields


HP Control: Insights from the ERTC Computer Conference
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Kane, L.

The ERTC's annual Computer Conference was held June 23-25 in Milan, Italy. Several papers were presented on advanced control, supply chain management, production planning, training simu..

HP Reliability: Organizing to be reliability-focused
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

This column has often mentioned the need for industry to abandon its repair focus and to move toward becoming almost exclusively reliability-focused. There are many ways to reach this g..

HP Integration Strategies: Is performance being managed in real time?
ARC Advisory Group: Hill, D.

Dick Hill, Contributing Editor       Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com ..

HPIn Europe: Robust activity in eastern and central region
European Refining & Marketing: Pitt, R.

Central and Eastern Europe continues to be one of the most interesting regions. Some of the larger companies, such as OMV of Austria, MOL of Hungary and PKN Orlen of Poland, are seeking..

HP Impact: US petrochem production grows in second quarter, some inventories down
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

For second-quarter 2003, total production of 18 petrochemicals reported in an NPRA survey was 46.7 billion pounds (Blb). This is an increase of 1% compared with first-quarter 2003. Howe..

HP Impact: Debate continues over ethanol use, increased smog
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The US Senate has passed an energy bill, which sets up an interesting dynamic for merging the differences in the two bills in a House-Senate conference committee. Frank Maisano, directo..

HP Impact: Global corporate E&C corruption focus of new initiative
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Leading members of the industry who make up the World Economic Forum's Governors for Engineering & Construction (E&C) have established a multinational task force to develop anti-corrupt..

HP Impact: Oil monitoring program records 41% growth
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

One of the world's largest proficiency testing programs for used oil has achieved a record high level of participation. ASTM's Interlaboratory Crosscheck Program (ILCP) is set up for pa..

HP Innovations

Oxidative technology proven to process ULSD UniPure Corp. has successfully produced ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel in its advanced sulfur removal (ASR) process. The demonstration f..


Experimentation alliance ExxonMobil Corp., Irving, Texas, and Symyx Technologies, Inc., Santa Clara, California, have a technology agreement focused on high throughput experimentation (..

New Developments

Magnet-drive pump handles up to 12,000 gpm Klaus Union has introduced three new magnet-drive hydraulic sizes. These include the SLM NVO 350-300-400 31E, SLM NVO 400-400-400 31E and SLM ..

HP Construction: North America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

PetroWorld Ltd., Foster Wheeler Power Systems Inc., Starchem Technologies International Ltd. and Waller Marine Inc. are developing what is claimed to be the world's first floating large..

HP Construction: South America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

SimSci-Esscor, an Invensys plc subsidiary, has a two-year contract with Ecopetrol, the state-owned petroleum producing and refining company of Colombia. Contract value is $500,000 and i..

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

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (EMRE) has a contract with S.C. Petrotel-Lukoil, S.A. The agreement is for EMRE's proprietary SCANfining gasoline sulfur reduction process along ..

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

Technip-Coflexip has a contract with NNPC/Mobil joint venture for the East Area - Additional Oil Recovery project. The contract covers engineering, procurement, fabrication, installatio..

HP Construction: Middle East
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil Corp. have contracts for the Qatargas II LNG expansion project. Qatargas II is a joint project between Qatar Petroleum (70%) and ExxonMobil (30%). The ma..

HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

A 342-MW integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant using ChevronTexaco-licensed gasification technology is now operational. The unit is located at Nippon Petroleum Refin..

Free Literature

Automatic self-cleaning water filters Orival, Inc.'s automatic self-cleaning filters are claimed to offer reliable, maintenance-free removal of suspended solids from water in both once-..

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

  Fresh look at Asia-Pacific demand ..

HP Impact: LNG imports for US to grow exponentially
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

LNG imports first surged on the US natural gas stage in the late 1990s, before settling at around 230 - 240 billion cubic feet per year (Bcfy) in 2001 - 2002. That amount represented ab..

HP Impact: China prepares for future of increased HPI product demand
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

With China's entry into the WTO, it is making significant policy changes to participate as a major player in the global HPI. Most notably, this nation is opening its borders for trade. ..

HP Impact: Emission control materials demand to grow 5.4%/year
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Demand in the US for emission control products (components and materials) will increase to $3.9 billion in 2007. Increasingly stringent emission standards set by the EPA and the extensi..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

MTBF In reading "HP In Reliability" (June 2003), I am reminded that MTBF cannot be compared from company to company, or even plant to plant within a given company for one basic reason: Ther..