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Special Focus: Maintenance and Reliability
Three topics for operational excellence related to a Cr-Mo hydrotreating reactor
Many end users are trying to use feedstock with higher sulfur content for their refineries to increase profitability, but numerous unknown or plausible bottlenecks exist.
Advanced steam system optimization program
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Natural Gas / Safety / Products / Americas
The steam system forms an integral part of the safe, reliable and profitable operation of a process plant. Steam constitutes approximately 30% of the energy used in a typical petroleum refinery.
Instrumentation reliability: A systematic approach
Many challenges exist in maintaining instrumentation reliability.
Mechanical design and fitness-for-service assessment of steam reformer pressure components
Bulk hydrogen (H2) production in a petroleum refinery by steam methane reforming utilizes high temperatures, moderate pressures and catalyst-filled tubes that generate high tube temperatures of up to 920°C (1,690°F), imposing relatively harsh performance demands on system components.
Creating a ‘win-win’ between construction contractor and project owner—Part 1
Numerous articles have been written about the key elements to a successful construction project.
Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment
High-energy pump balance line flow monitoring using ultrasonic flow measurements
The objective of this article is to demonstrate the value of utilizing portable or permanently mounted ultrasonic flow measurement technology to measure and monitor high-energy pump hydraulic balance line flow.
Process Control and Instrumentation
Using valve diagnostics at startup to save time and money
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Analyzers / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Safety / Valves
Early detection of valve problems with diagnostics prevents small issues from escalating into major incidents when production starts.
Speed up the development of new commercial adsorbents—Part 2
In the conventional development approach, a multi-stage process begins in the laboratory, moves to the pilot plant and then ends at the commercial unit, often before any financial benefits are realized.
Create a network of dividing wall columns in complex process units
The majority of dividing wall column (DWC) applications in the refining industry consist of standalone columns, whether a retrofit or a grassroots column.
Configuration study and design of sour water stripper units for a refinery revamp
As demand for oil products increases, refiners are expanding the capacity of their crude processing facilities to accommodate higher throughput.
Each May, Hydrocarbon Processing focuses on the topic of maintenance and reliability.
Reliability: Preserve what worked well in 1980
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Refining / Loss Prevention / Management / Pumps / Safety
The second CCC implementation strategy involved so-called “shirt sleeve seminars.”
Refining: Winning strategies for oil producers
Petrochemicals / Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Diesel / Distillation / Economics / Gasoline / Natural Gas / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
The prospect of peak oil demand will put pressure on resource-rich national oil companies (NOCs).
Supply Chain: Sustainable journey toward global competitiveness—A study
Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd. (BCPL) is building the Assam Gas Cracker complex in Lepetkata, India.
Digital: Maximize return on capital investment with predictive maintenance
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Corrosion / Analyzers / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Utilities / Valves
Oil and gas professionals are well aware of the pressures companies face in the market.
Trends and Resources
Over the past several years, new gas processing/LNG capacity has surged in nearly every region.
Business Trends: Refining margin time series evaluation
Refining margins can be calculated using several different methodologies.
Petrochemicals / Refining / Crude oil / Diesel / Gasoline / Natural Gas
Atlantic Basin markets strengthened amid the onset of refinery maintenance season, while US support came from higher gasoline demand and gasoline price adjustments from the switch to summer RVP.
Global Project Data
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Construction / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, Asia, the Middle East and the US contain 66% of all active downstream construction projects globally.
Show Preview: IRPC Europe returns to Italy this June
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Acid Gas Removal / Analyzers / Aromatics / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Catalysts / Construction / Corrosion / Desulfurization / Diesel / Distillation / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Gasoline / Heat Transfer / Hydrocracking / Hydrotreating / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Naphtha / Natural Gas / Polymers / Products / Pumps / Reactors / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Sulfur / Treating / Valves / Europe
Gulf Energy Information and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to provide a preview of IRPC Europe 2018, which will be held June 5–7 in Milan.
The following scenes were captured at several events that the editors of Hydrocarbon Processing attended over the past several weeks.
New ASTM test method measures organic chlorides in crude oil
Susan Dio has been appointed Chairman and President of BP America Inc., BP’s chief representative in the US.
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- Kazakhstan’s oil output drops 3% in May vs April to 1.55 million bpd 6/5
- Saudi Arabia's 'icing on the cake' oil cut could feed U.S. producers 6/5
- Ports in China's oil hub Shandong scrutinizing old tankers 6/5
- Naphtha tank at Calcasieu Refining catches fire due to lightning 6/5
- Russia fully enforces its oil output cuts 6/5
- Catalytic cracking unit at Venezuela's Cardon refinery shut down 6/5
- VOC reduction at Raffineria di Milazzo’s SRU complex—Part 2
- Digital Technologies: Do not just monitor bad actor machines: Start when they are healthy
- Editorial Comment
- Maintenance and Reliability: Non-standard flanges for catalytic cracking units
- How companies can take advantage of APM solutions to reduce planned maintenance
Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
Long Son Petrochemicals Complex
Long Son, Vietnam
Siam Cement Group