- Global Energy Infrastructure
Special Focus: Clean Fuels
Ultra-deep desulfurization of FCC gasoline: Reactive adsorption strategy
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Desulfurization / Engineering & Design / Environment / Gasoline / Greenhouse Gases / Hydrotreating / Loss Prevention / Octane / Products / Sulfur / Asia/Pacific
With an increase in concern for the environment, countries around the world are implementing stringent environmental regulations and are continuously pressuring refiners to reduce the amount of sulfur in transportation fuels—primarily gasoline and diesel—to combat airborne pollution caused by vehicles.
FCC operational changes to boost gasoline octane
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Refining / Carbon Management / Catalysts / Distillation / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Gasoline / Loss Prevention / Products / Sulfur / Treating / Europe
The fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) is one of the main units providing gasoline with high-octane numbers to the refinery gasoline pool.
Coke drum and blowdown system overpressure protection design - Part 1
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Refining / Construction / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Safety / Maintenance & Reliability
The blowdown (BD) system in delayed coking units (DCUs) receives waste streams generated during the coke drum (CD) decoking process to recover valuable hydrocarbons and water. In recent DCU designs, the CD pressure relief valves (PRVs) also discharge to this system and then to the flare system via the BD PRVs.
Develop reactor internals for optimizing reactor design - Part 2: High-performance mixing chamber
Most hydroprocessing reactors are fixed-bed reactors comprising several catalyst beds that are divided by quench zones containing mixing chambers that introduce a vapor-quenching medium.
Assess remaining life for heater tubes
Refineries and petrochemical plants form some of the major sections of the hydrocarbon industry and consume much of the fuel that is burned in furnaces (heaters and specialty furnaces, such as reformers and crackers) to meet process heating requirements.
Comparative analyses of common project execution alternatives
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Management / People
With major projects (FIG. 1), alternatives are generally considered in overall project execution and in construction.
Environment and Safety
Selection of cooling water system for gas, petroleum and petrochemical plants located on coastline - Part 1
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Heat Transfer / Utilities
Cooling water systems play an important role in today’s industry.
Editorial Comment: Where some see roadblocks, we see opportunities
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Catalysts / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Greenhouse Gases / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / People / Polymers / Products / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Sulfur / Treating / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
In the January issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the editorial comment focused on the roadmap to advancing ideas.
Reliability: Safe fluid machines are our responsibility
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Engineering & Design / Management / Safety
Early in our training as engineers, we developed the ability to collect and evaluate data.
Asia: Japanese refining moves towards consolidation and increased efficiency
Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Economics / Environment / Gasoline / Products / Asia/Pacific / Europe
According to recent statements of leading Japanese analysts in the field of refining and the country’s largest producers, the Japanese refining industry is moving towards consolidation and an increase in efficiency.
Engineering Case Histories: Case 106: Delayed fireball type explosions
When a vessel containing a flammable liquid under pressure (such as those in an LNG road tanker truck) ruptures and ignites, a vapor fireball explosion can occur.
Viewpoint: Downstream expansions will accelerate needed production growth
Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Economics / Environment / Products / Asia/Pacific / Middle East
Two transformative drivers—global economic growth averaging more than 3%/yr and the world population expanding to more than 9 B by 2040—will have the net effect of adding another India and China to today’s global energy demand.
Digital: Cloud-based dynamic simulation models amplify operator training and safety programs
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Europe / Safety
International oil and gas (O&G) and hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) companies are under great pressure to be profitable.
Trends & Resources
Industry Perspectives: New project announcements up nearly 28% in 1Q 2019
According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, new project announcements are nearly 28% higher in 1Q 2019 compared to 1Q 2018.
Business Trends: How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Catalysts / Crude oil / Diesel / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Gasoline / Loss Prevention / Management / Natural Gas / Polymers / Products / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
If plastics demand follows its current trajectory, global plastics-waste volumes would grow from 260 MMtpy in 2016 to 460 MMtpy by 2030, taking what is already a serious environmental problem to a new level.
All main US products performed positively as refinery product outputs declined considerably and led to a fall in inventory levels, fueling bullish sentiment.
Global Project Data
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Construction / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking nearly 1,300 projects around the world.
Industrial workers can strengthen their grasp of production and make more informed operating decisions with the new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5480 controller by Rockwell Automation.
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- Cosmo Oil and Yokogawa start exploring possibilities for refinery digitalization 12/1
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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
Long Son Petrochemicals Complex
Long Son, Vietnam
Siam Cement Group