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

October 2010


Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Increase your margin by 25%
Advanced Industrial Modeling Inc.: Korchinski, W.
Chevron: Beerbaum, A.
PREP Consulting Inc.: Geddes, D.

Here’s how to make sure that the planning LPs always match the plant

Improve exploration, production and refining with ‘add-at-will’ wireless automation
Chevron Corp.: Laframboise, G.
Emerson Process Management: Karschnia, B.

After the technology was validated, a wireless infrastructure was installed blanketing 80% of a US refinery

Advanced process control in the plant engineering and construction phases
Bechtel Corp.: Sakizlis, V.  |  Vakamudi, K.
Honeywell Process Solutions: Coward, A.  |  Mermans, I.

Testing MVC performance using a dynamic model offers several benefits

Building and installing a reliable industrial Ethernet infrastructure
Belden: Shuman, B.

Here are six practical guidelines to consider

How to have a successful data reconciliation software implementation
INOVx Solutions: Ayral, T.
Inlibra Software Solutions Corp.: Won, H.  |  Cho, W-S.
FertiNitro: Samad, I.

Follow these guidelines to ensure success

Gas Processing Developments

New correlation for calculating natural gas Z-factor
Sharif University of Technology: Moghadam, A. A.  |  Ghotbi, C.

Use these calculations for low absolute average error

Laboratory Analyzers

Consider using alternative carrier gases for petrochemical analysis
Air Liquide: Jacksier, T.
Air Liquide, Delaware Research and Technology Center: Duan, J.

Advantages include higher efficiency and shorter analysis times

Petrochemical Developments

Troubleshoot silicon contamination on catalysts
Braskem S.A.: Britto, J. M.  |  Reboucas, M. V.  |  Bessa, I.

What are the sources, impacts and possible solutions to controlling this problem in your hydrotreater?

Process Developments

Mitigate fouling in ebullated-bed hydrocrackers
Neste Engineering Solutions: Kunnas, J.
Baker Hughes: Ovaskainen, O.  |  Respini, M.

New monitoring tools help track and control asphaltene levels and solubility issues in resid products


Cost optimization in mechanical seal applications
Reliance Engineers Associates Ltd.: Chaware, D. K.  |  Shukla, D. K.  |  Swamy, R. B.

Real-life case studies prove it is possible to make more informed choices that often lead to cost savings


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

In August 2010, I followed Allan Kern’s “Continuous Improvement or Core-Competency editorial”1 with a review of the purposes of process control and IT in the HPI. After 50 years, it is ..

HPIn Europe: How German refiners sped up clean fuels rules to save their heating oil business
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Wright, Tim L.

European refiners are nearing the end of a decade of rapid change—some might say a revolution—in fuel specifications. For road fuels, at least, sulfur levels have gone from being a political..

HP Reliability: Better equipment selection starts with understanding available upgrade options
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

It all started with a letter we received from a major multinational petrochemical company: A reliability manager related that he had recently asked each maintenance department within the corporation&#..

HP Water Management: Utility water boot camp for process engineers—Part 2
MarTech Systems, Inc.: Huchler, L. A.

In Part 2, we will address the slowly developing problems in utility water systems. Too often, water-plant problems evolve slowly. Plant personnel fail to detect the non-conformances and failures occu..

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

OU’s Biocorrosion CenterThe University of Oklahoma (OU) has joined forces with ConocoPhillips to create a new Biocorrosion Center within the OU Institute for Energy and Environment. The center wi..

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

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Benham Constructors, LLC, has been awarded two new contracts by a subsidiary of Holly Corp. to provide engineerin..

HP Construction: Europe
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Air Products has a contract to supply Voronezhsintezkauchuk, part of the petrochemical company SIBUR, with a new on-site air separation unit (ASU). The ASU will have the capacity to produce up to 3,00..

HP Construction: Middle East
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Foster Wheeler AG’S Global Engineering and Construction Group has a contract with Gulf Farabi Petrochemical Co. for the provision of project management consultancy (PMC) services for Gulf Farabi&..

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

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL) has chosen Axens to supply the technology for its coker gasoil (CGO) hydrotreating unit at its refinery in Haldia, India. With a design capacity of 1.4 million tpy, the new..

HP Impact: Global industrial valves market growing
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

The world market for industrial valves will grow from $44 billion this year to $52 billion in 2015. This is according to a recent forecast by the McIlvaine Co. The biggest growth will be in power and ..

HP Impact: Industrial gas demand expanding
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

The Freedonia Group says that world demand for industrial gases will increase 8% annually to $52 billion in 2014 (Table 1). Volumetric consumption will expand 5% per year to 530 billion cubic meters i..

HP Impact: IEC calls for a global taskforce
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is calling for a global taskforce to coordinate technology-based energy efficiency initiatives in an effort to increase coherence and reduce duplica..

HP Impact: The new biofuel: it’s whisky in a car
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland has filed a patent for a new biofuel made from whisky byproducts, which it says can be used in ordinary cars, without any special adaption needed.The fuel proce..

HP Impact: Studying the future of transportation fuels
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

The National Petroleum Council (NPC) is a federal advisory committee to the US Secretary of Energy. At its September meeting, the NPC discussed the progress of one of its ongoing studies. The study ex..

HP Associations: Rice’s E&C Forum a well-rounded affair
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Thinnes, Billy

Rice’s E&C Forum a well-rounded affairRice University hosted its 13th annual Global Forum for Engineering and Construction last month. The theme of the gathering at Rice’s campus in Houston ..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Platform technology improves cooling system efficiencyGE has introduced a technology platform called TrueSense. This technology gives users previously unavailable tools to optimize productivity and in..

Free Literature

Magmeter meets critical application needs An eight-page full-color brochure from ABB describes the FSM4000 electromagnetic flowmeter, combining AC and DC magnetic-exitation advantages. According ..

New Developments

Real-time production organizer  The R1.02 upgrade is available for the Real-time Production Organizer (RPO), a suite of manufacturing execution system platform packages, integrating vertical prod..