October 2020

Special Focus: Plant Safety and Environment

FTO: An enabling emission control technology for petrochemical plant expansions

For the petrochemical industry, the U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) has the locational advantage of proximity to cheap feedstock, and to an abundance of pipeline infrastructure and terminals for export markets.

Armstrong, P., Predatsch, E., Selas-Linde North America

For the petrochemical industry, the U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) has the locational advantage of proximity to cheap feedstock, and to an abundance of pipeline infrastructure and terminals for export markets. However, this advantage has a downside—emissions-constrained air basins that serve to restrict further expansion. The Houston Ship Channel is to the U.S. industrial sector what Wall Street is to the commercial sector. The area has one of the highest concentrations of heavy industry in the world, and, consequently, industrial pollution is a perpetual concern. Yet, expansion is still taking place in one of the most restrictive air basins in the U.S. How? Smart planning, balanced regulatory poli

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