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February 2015


Special Report: Clean Fuels

Hydrogen perspectives for 21st century refineries—Part 2
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.: Patel, N.  |  Farnand, S.  |  Li, J.  |  Peng, X. D.
Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology: Ratan, S.

H2 is the lifeblood of 21st century refineries. The application of various technological advancements and core developments has been raising the bar in the design, build, operations and maintenance of H2 facilities.

Case history: Innovative resid-cracking catalyst debottlenecks FCC unit
Tamoil S.A.: Jollien, Y.-A.
BASF Corp.: Keeley, C.  |  Mayol, J.  |  Riva, S.  |  Komvokis, V.

Tamoil is a major operator in the oil and energy industry with operating refineries in Hamburg, Germany, and Collombey, Switzerland, in addition to distribution networks in Italy, Germany, Switzerland..

Consider the pros and cons when importing heavy oil for cokers
CH2M Hill: Sloley, A. W.  |  Lucke, E.  |  Feyen, M.

The recent shift to lighter crudes has starved many US heavy oil units of feed. Maximizing asset use makes importing heavy oil for vacuum distillation and delayed coking attractive.

FCC 101: How to estimate product yields cost-effectively and improve operations
Grace Catalysts Technologies: Navarro, U.  |  Ni, M.  |  Orlicki, D.

The feed to fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) is the most important process variable. FCCU feed has the greatest impact on operating conditions, yield and product quality. A typical FCCU feed consi..

HPI Focus: The Green Refinery

What are the possible impacts on US refineries processing shale oils?
Turner, Mason & Co.: Mayes, J. M.

No singular event has had as significant an impact on the quality of refinery feedstocks as the shale revolution. Not only are shale crudes, such as Eagle Ford and Bakken, generally lighter than other..

Catalyst Management

Maximize precious metals returns from spent process catalysts
Sabin Metal Corp.: Cook, B. M.

What you think you know, what you do not know, and what you should know about precious metal recovery of spent catalysts can impact your refinery’s profitability. Most hydrocarbon, petrochemical ..

Management and Information Systems

Use cloud-based document collaboration to complete projects
EMC Corp.: Baird, S.

Capital and maintenance projects require the management of thousands of documents, which can be more easily accomplished with cloud-based solutions.

Process Optimization

Consider new online analyzers to optimize FCC operations
Modcon Systems Ltd.: Shahnovsky, G.  |  Cohen, T.  |  McMurray, R.

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and near infrared (NIR) process analyzers are highly effective in quantifying physical properties in hydrocarbons, especially where the feedstock, intermediate and final product streams are all interlinked.

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Inaugural Energy Construction Forum to examine US Gulf workforce concerns
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: DuBose, Ben

Energy Construction ForumMarch 3–4, 2015Moody Gardens Convention Center, Galveston, TexasECF represents US Gulf Coast’s leading forum and expo for energy constructionUS new project market sh..


HP Editorial Comment: Take a moment and breathe
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

“Don’t panic” is probably the best advice for the downstream industry regarding oil prices. The upstream fully recognizes the present and short-term conditions for its business.

HP Reliability: Does Pareto’s 80/20 rule apply to reliability engineers?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

In the 1970s, an oil refinery discovered that 7% of its 3,200 process pumps experienced a disproportionate share of the facility’s yearly pump outage events. Slightly over 60% of the money spent ..

HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: Will British Columbia build the greenest refineries in the world?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

In our latest Boxscore Construction Analysis, we examine proposals by Kitimat Clean and Pacific Future Energy to process bitumen first and then ship those fuels to market.

HP Gas Processing: Gas suppliers eye China as global LNG trade readjusts
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Blume, Adrienne

Between 2010 and 2014, the largest volume of new gas import capacity was seen in Asia, which brought online 67 MMtpy of capacity. Asia is expected to continue leading the world in new gas import capac..

HP Global: 2015 outlook for oil price and its refining sector implications
Wood Mackenzie: Gelder, A.

What is the oil price outlook for the next 12 months? As of early January, the price of Brent has effectively halved compared to the 2014 summer peak, similar to the price collapse of 2008. However, u..

HP Petrochemicals: Update on ethylene tube coating technology
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: DuBose, Ben

Improving the efficiency of ethylene furnaces has been a long-time goal for olefin manufacturers. The steam cracking or pyrolysis of hydrocarbons to yield ethylene also coproduces unwanted coke that a..

HP Project Management: Outsourcing creates opportunities beyond engineering
Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions US Inc.: Thorne, A.

The present “shale revolution” has generated opportunities in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) industry that even a few years ago would have seemed fanciful. Billions of d..

HP Viewpoint: Going our way?—How the US will benefit from natural gas and fuel cell technology
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association: Markowitz, M. B.

A remarkable convergence is taking place in North America, as rising natural gas production meets the growing market for both stationary fuel cells providing power to businesses and the utility grid, ..

HP Viewpoint: The data revolution
Honeywell Process Solutions: Kapur, V.

The world’s population is expected to exceed 9 B people by 2040, and the corresponding energy demand for many of these newly affluent consumers will rise similarly. For the industrial sector, mor..

HP Industry Perspectives: RFS—An endless loop

Renewable fuels remain a huge burden for the global refining industry. Today’s transportation fuels, when used with later-model vehicles, have dramatically reduced tailpipe emissions. With much p..

HP News

Qatar Petroleum and Shell cancel $6.5-B petrochemical project in Qatar Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Petroleum (QP) have canceled the $6.5-B Al-Karaana petrochemical project in Qatar, which will signifi..

HP Industry Metrics
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Mid-January saw the continued decline of monthly average Brent crude oil prices, which fell $17/bbl from November to a monthly average of $62/bbl. The continual price decrease reflects US tight oil pr..

HP Innovations
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Blume, Adrienne

AVEVA NET software is cloud readyAVEVA has implemented a number of improvements to AVEVA NET, its information management software (Fig. 1). Customer feedback has shown that these improvements enhance ..

HP People

ABB’s board of directors unanimously nominated Peter Voser to succeed Hubertus von Grünberg as chairman.

HP Free Literature
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Meche, Helen

Protection methods for overall safety A new guide from METTLER TOLEDO offers expertise for chemical and other manufacturers who work in potentially explosive environments. The Hazardous-Area Safety Co..

HP New Developments
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Meche, Helen

Oseco has expanded its team of pressure management consultants (PMCs) to provide greater presence and availability in the field. The PMCs render onsite analysis and guidance to improve antiquated pressure-relief systems.

New Developments in Heat Transfer 2015 Supplement

Multi-faceted approach on energy efficiency methods

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is a high-energy-consuming business. After cost for feedstocks, energy is the next largest operating expense for an HPI facility. Since the first oil embargo ..