July 2017

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Editorial Comment: Honoring the industry's best and View/Alt-View

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing contains two features that are new to the publication. The first feature showcases the winners and finalists of Hydrocarbon Processing’s Awards program, which was held in Vienna in June. The other is a new segment called View/Alt-View.

Nichols, Lee, Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing contains two features that are new to the publication. The first feature showcases the winners and finalists of Hydrocarbon Processing’s Awards program, which was held in Vienna in June. The other is a new segment called View/Alt-View.

The best of the downstream HPI

The Hydrocarbon Processing Awards honored the leading technologies in the downstream oil and gas industry, as well as a lifetime achievement and the industry’s most promising engineer. The inaugural event was held on the final night of Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC Europe) in Vienna, Austria.

The ceremony featured seven categories that represented a number of technology segments of the downstream hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). These categories included automation and modeling, catalysts, control and instrumentation, HSE, petrochemicals, refining and gas processing. In addition, two awards were bestowed on outstanding engineers: one for a lifetime achievement and the other for the most promising engineer.

The Editors of Hydrocarbon Processing received more than 100 abstract nominations from companies around the world for award consideration. An outside group of industry professionals voted on the abstracts. This voting bloc consisted of operating firms and major engineering and construction companies from every region of the world.

The finalists and winners for these prestigious awards are detailed here. The Editors of Hydrocarbon Processing would like to thank all of the companies and individuals that submitted an abstract for the inaugural awards program. We extend hearty congratulations to all of the winners and finalists.

The 2017 HP Awards mark what we hope to be the first of many years of honoring the best technologies and people in our large and diverse industry. We look forward to receiving your nominations for the 2018 Hydrocarbon Processing Awards!

View/Alt-View

Our publication often features a Viewpoint column, an executive-level opinion piece that is usually on the author’s sector of the hydrocarbon processing industry. This month, we are featuring two columns back to back that present alternative views on a single topic. We use the word “alternative” deliberately: they are not opposing viewpoints, but rather views that present legitimately different perspectives.

The motivation for doing this is to generate more interest about the issue at hand. We took our inspiration for this approach in the “Point/Counterpoint” segment that was a feature of the 60 Minutes weekly TV show. Our variant on the 60 Minutes concept of “conservative vs. liberal” is to explore no changes vs. some changes or minimal risk vs. analyzed risk. The role of federal vs. state vs. local regulation and enforcement will appear when the topic is specific to a US audience; in other instances, global and regional similarities and differences will be examined.

The topic covered in this month’s View/Alt-View is the proposed change to the EPA Risk Management Program (RMP). Although the timing of the implementation of this updated ruling has been deferred by Presidential executive action, many comments were submitted during the development of the rule. Like many other regulations, RMP has a number of elements that impact stakeholders in and near a facility, including local emergency first responders. In these two columns, the authors endeavor to summarize plainly what the opponents and proponents of the update have to say about it. Click here to read the viewpoints. HP 

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