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Special Report: Refining Developments
Smart motor lubrication saves energy
Many decades of experience confirm the success of oil mist for rolling-element bearings in the operating speed and size ranges found in motors for process pumps. For the past 40 years, empirical data ..
Case 52: Problems with a blocked-in centrifugal pump
The potential for overheating is one of many concerns
Maximize liquid yield from extra heavy oil
Next-generation hydrocracking processes increase conversion of residues
Consider advanced modeling to control air emissions
Computational fluid dynamics methods improve designs for NOx reduction applications
Greenhouse gas emissions: Characterization and management
Proposed federal measures may require that refiners report and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions
Increase the flexibility of your Claus unit
Novel approach incorporates liquid redox methods to manage refinery sulfur loading
Improve efficiency of furnaces and boilers
Novel 'control' scheme optimizes operations and reliability of combustion units
Effective standardization: Harnessing the power of your organization
Applying these guidelines can effectively leverage economies-of-scale
HP Control: Temperature points on main fractionators
Main fractionators are distillation columns that handle wide boiling curve feeds, cutting it into several products. Almost every major refinery unit has such a column, all with similar design features..
HP Integration Strategies: Emissions rules demand flexible fuel terminal blending
There's no avoiding the inevitable; it's time for terminal owner-operators to get ahead of the fuel blending automation curve. The migration of blending to marketing load terminals, and eventually to ..
HPIn Europe: Refiners' great plans look badly awry in 2009
In September 2004, with anticipation of that year's European Refining Technology Conference, I summoned up an image of a ring of refining VPs around the Atlantic basin looking at billion-dollar invest..
Trends and Resources
Syngas and power produced from urban waste Rentech, Inc. plans to build a plant in Rialto, California, that will produce ultra-clean synthetic fuels and electric power from renewable waste biomass fee..
HP Construction: North America
The Shaw Group Inc.'s Power Group Maintenance Division has a maintenance, modifications, packaging and small capital construction contract with Lion Copolymer to service its two plants in Geism..
HP Construction: South America
PetroquímicaSuape is building a large pure terephthalic acid (PTA) plant in the Port of Suape, Pernambuco, Brazil. For the project, Aker Solutions is delivering basic and detailed engineer..
HP Construction: Europe
Technip has an engineering, procurement and construction management contract for a "crystal" gas plant project in Etzel, Germany. The contract was awarded by Electricité de France S.A., in..
HP Construction: Middle East
ABB has a contract worth $223 million from Sonatrach for three gas plants in Algeria. Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2012, the project includes new compressor trains, re-instr..
HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co., Ltd., has selected Merichem Chemicals & Refinery Services' technologies for a heavy-ends byproduct upgrade project at its petrochemical complex in Daesan, Sout..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Refining outages and gas prices Refining outages can have varying gasoline price impacts, but gaps in federal data limit understanding of these imp..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Styrenics market hit further by economic downturn
From Nexant's latest report, "Styrenics Market Dynamics," the styrenics industry continues to endure difficult market conditions. Over recent years, producers have struggled with a shrinking market ca..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Developing regions increase demand for plastics
Developing nations show increased demand for polyethylene (PE) while the global plastic industry struggles, according to Townsend Solutions. The Middle East, Africa, India, Eastern Europe and South Am..
HP Associations: What happened in Reno didn't stay in Reno
Contractors, owners and members of academia met at the Construction Industry Institute (CII) conference July 28–30, 2009, in Reno, Nevada. The..
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