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

July 2019


Special Focus: The Digital Refinery

Advanced crude management by NIR spectroscopy combined with topology modeling
Topnir Systems Co.: Lambert, D.  |  Saint-Martin, C.  |  Benkhelil, K.  |  Ribero, B.
Val Innovation: Valleur, M.

Crude characterization is critical for refinery optimization.

Migration of control systems
Schneider Electric: Majumder, D.

Since the mid-1980s, distributed control systems (DCSs) have replaced pneumatic and electronic single- or multiple-loop controllers in various plant processes.

To reduce security vulnerabilities in downstream facilities, try unikernels
NanoVMs: Eyberg, I.

Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, oil and gas facilities have joined financial, government, hospitality and other companies as tempting targets for cybercriminals.


Next-generation catalyst improves reliability of LPG mercaptan extraction
Motiva Enterprises: Ahmed, S.
Honeywell UOP: Mulvaney, W.  |  Nair, M.  |  Rios, R.

For decades, sulfur reduction processes have been an integral part of refinery operations.

FCC metal trap additives to process more residue
Tüpraş: Genç, M.  |  Gül, A.  |  Avcilar, S.

Most refiners frequently need metal trapping or bottoms cracking additives for residue operations.


Electric vehicles are coming, but their impact will be evolutionary, not revolutionary
KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.: George, S.  |  Routt, M.

Alternatively fueled vehicles (AFVs) are getting plenty of press these days, but their market penetration is still a long way from critical mass.

The greening of the downstream industry: A carbon investment case for clean refining
Meridian Energy Group: Fonda, M.

<i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> was pleased to speak recently with Mark Fonda, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technical Officer for Meridian Energy Group, which is building two grassroots refineries in the US.

Adapting and prospering in the energy transition
Yokogawa Corp. of America: Hasegawa, K.  |  Shire, T.

The energy transition is gathering momentum as pressure from society leads policy makers and investors to demand faster and deeper cuts to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from all industrial sectors.

Our waste is our resource—An initiative to turn all plastics bio-based
Pöyry: Nyman, T.

The vision is fully fossil-free plastics production.

The Industrial Internet of Things

An evolving approach to digitalization
Emerson Automation Solutions: Wyatt, T.  |  Fleissman, R.

Much has been written in recent years about the need for refineries to embrace the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Drive IIoT success with advanced analytics
Seeq: Zinsli, J.

Refineries, petrochemical and other process plants face similar challenges in daily operations, as each facility must mitigate risk, anticipate maintenance, optimize operations and minimize operational expenses.

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery

Intensive study on damaged wear rings of centrifugal pumps—Part 1
Texas A&M University: Polycarpou, A. A.  |  Allah, W. K.  |  Bush, C.  |  Dietz, C.  |  Abubasha, M. K.

This article is based on damaged wear rings from centrifugal pump applications.

Measure and predict torsional vibration in rotating equipment
Elliott Group: Pettinato, B.  |  Wang, Q.

Excessive torsional vibration in rotating equipment trains can result in damage to, or failure of, equipment, leading to emergency shutdowns and costly downtime.

Environment and Safety

Support robust process safety management platforms with less reliance on incident investigations
Contributing Writer: Caudill, J.

Accepting that incidents are inevitable can be considered a form of institutionalized normalization of deviance.

Clearing the way for China’s petrochemical growth: Efficient catalytic VOC emissions control
Clariant: Cullen, G.  |  Cotter, T.

The growth of China’s chemical industry over the past 30 yr has been truly astonishing.

Water Management

Minimize energy consumption in water treatment with forward osmosis technology—Part 1
Reliance Industries Ltd.: Attarde, D.  |  Das, A. K.  |  Racha, S. M.  |  Ghosh, S.

Heavy industries like refining, petrochemicals and mining have concerns about the availability of fresh water, as these are affected by local water scarcities and stringent water discharge regulations.


Editorial Comment: Embracing uncertainty for a better tomorrow
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

The downstream processing industry is changing.

Reliability: Where to place a constant level lubricator
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

No substitute exists for following the laws of physics, hydraulics and plain common sense when dealing with machinery.

Environment: Everything you want to know about IMO 2020 but are afraid to ask
Refinery Automation Institute, LLC: Barsamian, A.

IMO 2020 is posing big questions about significant issues, and clear answers are proving difficult to find.

Viewpoint: Asset performance management: Into a new era of organizational memory
Lloyd's Register: Stuart, J.

It is often said that knowledge is power. But in high-risk sectors, such as the marine and oil and gas industries, knowledge is fundamental to even more important things: safety and reliability.

Digital: The pathway to digitalization value delivery
KBC, a Yokogawa Company: Micklem, D.

It seems that all software initiatives in the energy and chemical industries are now tagged with the name “digitalization.”

Digital: Reliability and safety—two sides of the same coin
Petasense: Madsen, K.

Digitalization is pervasive in today’s hydrocarbon processing industry.

Industry Perspectives: The topics our readers want most
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

In the June issue of <i>Hydrocarbon Processing,</i> the editors asked our global readership what topics they would like the publication to focus on more in the future.

Business Trends: US RPET and sustainability goals—a reality check
Wood Mackenzie: Bermish, M.

Three primary drivers exist for recycling polyethylene terephalate (PET) bottles.

Industry Metrics
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

US refinery intake was affected by heavy rain, floods and tornadoes in the Midwest, contributing to inventory drawdowns and supporting the jet/kerosene and diesel markets.

Global Project Data
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking more than 1,300 projects around the world.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has reached a full agreement with CCS JV, a JV between Chiyoda, McDermott and Saipem, for the development of its Mozambique Area 1 LNG terminal.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Peter Vanacker, President and CEO, Neste, opened IRPC EurAsia in Helsinki. His presentation focused on energy transformation through renewables and sustainability.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

To test developments of pumps and systems under even more realistic conditions, LEWA has inaugurated a specially developed container test bench that will be used for experiments with hot or explosive fluids.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Arja Talakar has been appointed CEO of Siemens Oil & Gas. He will be based in Houston, Texas, the global headquarters for Oil & Gas and its parent operating company, Siemens Gas and Power.