Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

April 2010


Process Analyzers

Looking for improved diesel yields?
Process NMR Associates: Giammatteo, P. J.
TTC Labs, Inc.: Winter, G.

Consider using spectro-molecular control to maximize profits

Project Management

The six sigma green belt training program: An in-depth look
Six Sigma and Advanced Controls, Inc.: Deshpande, P. B.

Implementing this program improves competition

Special Report: Petrochemical Developments

Plastics enable better automobile designs
KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH: Bauer, R.

High-quality advanced engineered polymers and new molding methods provide advantages in modern vehicle construction and manufacturing processes

Upgrade syngas production

Advancements of synthesis gas processes are key to improved GTL profitability

Update: Spent caustic treatment
Lummus Technology: De Haan, S.
Siemens Water Technologies: Howdeshell, M.  |  Maugans, C.

Better operating practices and prevention methods reduce problems in handling 'red oil'

Improve inerting practices at your facility
Linde AG, Linde Gas Division: Reinhardt, H.-J.
Linde Gas: Himmen, H.-R.

The petrochemical/chemical industry relies on inerting methods to safeguard facilities and maintain product qualities

Upgrade low-value refinery streams into higher-value petrochemicals

New catalytic olefin cracking process yields more propylene over ethylene from stranded refining materials

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

 Oil mist lubricationHeinz Bloch's "HPIn Reliability" column from August 2009 ("Electric motors and mechanical efficiency," p. 9) briefly discussed the advantages of using oil mist and synthetic ..

Safety/Loss Prevention

What every manager should know about layers of protection analysis

New methods 'quantify' the frequency of risky events in a facility


HP Control: Distillation column dual-temperature control—Part 2
Petrocontrol: Friedman, Y. Z.

Part 1 of this editorial1 has considered a distillation dual temperature control structure and concluded that such strategy is problematic and not likely to work. If you accept that dual-temperature c..

HP Control: Process control practice renewal 2010
Clifftent Inc.: Latour, P. R.

Allan Kern, Zak Friedman and I have offered numerous ideas to strengthen the practice of process control.1-4 Allan Kern inaugurated a fundamental assessment of process control engineering practice in ..

HP Reliability: Grounding-ring technology for variable-frequency drives

HEINZ P. BLOCH, Reliability/ Equipment Editor     Comments? Write:HB@HydrocarbonProcessing.com   Variable-frequency drives (VFDs) provide substantial energy sav..

HP Viewpoint: How refiners can thrive in an uncertain market

Süleyman M Özmen  Comments? Write:editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.comWhile there was much talk in the media at the end of 2009 of "green shoots" and possible signs of recovery from..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

 Selected by Hydrocarbon Processing editors     Comments? Write:editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.comRegulator series that maximizes uptimeEmerson Process Management announ..

New Developments

Design software tool offers new capabilitiesThe new version of SmartPlant 3D enterprise engineering design software includes capabilities for multiple 3D model referencing, enhanced model data reuse a..

HP Construction: North America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Praxair, Inc., has a contract with ExxonMobil to build, own and operate an air separation unit to supply additional nitrogen for enhanced oil recovery operations at ExxonMobil's Hawkins, Texas, gas-pr..

HP Construction: South America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Braskem and Novozymes recently announced a research partnership to develop large-scale production of polypropylene from sugarcane. Braskem and Novozymes will develop a green alternative based on Novoz..

HP Construction: Europe
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

CB&I has a contract of approximately $50 million with Hyundai Heavy Industries to provide engineering services for the Goliat floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) project. The project is..

HP Construction: Middle East

Holding Sonatrach Raffinage et Chimie, SPA, and Total Petrochemicals Arzew SAS have selected Scientific Design Co.'s (SD) monoethylene glycol (MEG) technology for a planned joint venture complex in Ar..

HP Construction: Asia-Pacific
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

The Singapore LNG Corp. Pte Ltd. (SLNG) has awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of Singapore's LNG terminal to Samsung C&T Corp. The total budget for the termi..

Free Literature

 Selected by Hydrocarbon Processing editors     Comments? Write:editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.comProcess management and control servicesKemeX reportedly provides produc..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

The gribble solutionScience is the never-ending quest to make what is remarkable one moment absolutely pedestrian the next. Inventions like light bulbs and the internal combustion engine rocked the co..

HP Impact: Demand expands for hydrogen
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Global demand for hydrogen is forecast to expand 3.4% per year through 2013 to 475 billion cubic meters. This is according to a new study from The Freedonia Group (www.freedoniagroup.com). Demand will..

HP Impact: OPEC's perspective on global refining operations
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Looking for some intel on how refiners are faring in 2010? OPEC published a report in March that pulled numbers up to the end of February and extrapolated them out to make some predictions about the f..

HP Impact: Hot work is dangerous business
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Performing hot work activities on tanks is dangerous business that should involve the utmost in safety considerations. The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is particularly conce..


Solve liquid-hammer problems
Dalan Farayand Engineering Co.: Salehi, F.

Here are several options

Rotating Equipment/Wastewater Treatment

Blower selection for wastewater aeration*

Use these guidelines to understand the many factors that differentiate different designs