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March 2010


Special Report: Asset Performance Optimization

Fieldbus diagnostics: latest advancements optimize plant asset management
Fieldbus Foundation: Mitschke, S.

New field diagnostic profiles will benefit a wide range of automation stakeholders

Breaking down the silos between energy and asset management
ARC Advisory Group: Chin, W.  |  Gillespie, J.

Having them share a common platform offers several advantages

Improving data reconciliation and yield accounting
Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.: Patil, P.  |  Roy, G.

Here's how the Mathura Refinery's data reconciliation and yield accounting project was implemented

Clean Fuels

Consider new methods for bottom of the barrel processing-Part 2

New principles of molecule management dictate the best economics when upgrading residuum


Iron sulfides-effect on amine plants
Amine Experts Inc.: Sheilan, M.
Sulphur Experts: Spooner, B.

Amine plants treating gas containing H2S will have iron sulfides in the system. Here's where they help and hinder plant operation

Safety/Loss Prevention

Ensuring safe operations when fulfilling action item requirements
Smith & Burgess LLC: Smith, D.  |  White, J.

Consider implementing this criteria to accurately document the process


HP Control: Distillation column dual-temperature control-Part 1
Petrocontrol: Friedman, Y. Z.
exida LLC: Goble, W.

This editorial takes issue with a claim by Mr. Greg Shinskey that distillation dual-composition control cannot be done effectively by a multivariable predictive controller (MPC), but can be done effec..

HP Reliability: How flawed reward systems cost you dearly
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

In a US trade journal, someone recently observed that "successful lean implementation needs reliable equipment to prevent disastrous consequences. Together, they increase production capacity, decrease..

HP Automation Safety: The ups and downs of mentoring
exida LLC: Goble, W.

Although it seems like old news to me, I have recently read articles describing an eminent engineering talent shortage. It could be real, especially considering the economic pain of the present enviro..

HP Integration Strategies: Innovation in engineering data management

Bill Bosler, Guest columnist       Comments? Write: bill_bosler@msn.com  The current worldwide construction an..

HPIn Europe: Industry grapples with downshift as its greatest structural change looms
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Wright, Tim L.

With all the handwringing over downstream losses for the end of 2009, it's been interesting to note the absence of what is often the first barricade that a CEO will duck behind. Apparently, this bad n..

New Developments

Mass spectrometer offers improved sensitivityState-of-the-art BenchTOF-dx mass spectrometer is said to be unlike conventional technology. This new compact reflectron time-of-flight (TOF) instrument ge..

HP Construction: North America

BILLY THINNES, News Editor       Comments? Write: BT@HydrocarbonProcessing.com ConocoPhillips has announced the second phase ..

HP Construction: South America

BILLY THINNES, News Editor       Comments? Write: BT@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Topsøe has a contract supplying technolog..

HP Construction: Europe

BILLY THINNES, News Editor       Comments? Write: BT@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has a contract f..

HP Construction: Middle East

BILLY THINNES, News Editor       Comments? Write: BT@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Qatar Petroleum (QP) and ExxonMobil Chemical Q..

HP Construction: Asia-Pacific

Transfield Worley Services has contracts to provide brownfield project and maintenance services to Woodside Energy's offshore gas production and onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing faciliti..

HP Impact: 'On-purpose' propylene production
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

There is a growing demand for propylene in the world today. Without the development of new technologies for the production of "on-purpose" propylene (OPP), demand will always outpace supply. Nextant's..

HP Impact: Benzene emissions decrease at US refineries
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Benzene emissions from US refineries have decreased since 2000 (Fig. 3). This issue is explored in a report released from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) (www.environmentalintegrity.org). Th..

HP Associations: Collaborate or wither away
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Over 700 oil and gas professionals massed at Microsoft's Global Energy Forum held in Houston in late January. The daylong event was heavy on technology ses..


Free literature

 Selected by Hydrocarbon Processing editors     Comments? Write:editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.comRecommended practice for inspecting weld corrosionHOIS, ESR Technology'..

HPIn Brief

Business is looking up The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rebounded in January, rising near..