September 2020

HP Awards Finalists 2020

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards 2020—FINALISTS

This special section details all finalists within each category for the fourth annual HP Awards. The winners will be announced on Oct. 1.

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its fourth annual HP Awards, which celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year. The awards cover 15 strategic categories in the hydrocarbon processing industry. Nearly 100 nominations were submitted from more than a dozen countries. Each abstract was voted on by an independent Hydrocarbon Processing advisory board. The following is a complete list of all finalists in each category. The winners in each category will be announced during a live-streamed, digital event on October 1. Hydrocarbon Processing congratulates all nominees on this prestigious honor.

BEST AR/VR/AI TECHNOLOGY

AI-DRIVEN PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE PLATFORM, AVEVA

The platform utilizes machine learning (ML) to combine rigorous process simulations and optimization algorithms to create a sophisticated model capable of providing advice on the best cost-effective choices for operations and maintenance.

MIMIC FIELD 3D™, Emerson

The technology uses virtual reality (VR) to create an immersive and interactive plant infrastructure model for training purposes. Users can gain a deep understanding of how changes in the field impact industrial processes.

AM MONITOR, Siemens Gas and Power

Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, is gaining acceptance in the oil and gas industry. AM Monitor is a machine-learning tool that provides a precise assessment
of 3D print jobs, ensuring greater precision and speed to print quality assessment compared to the human eye.

PERFORMANCE 360™, Symphony AzimaAI

An all-inclusive process performance management solution, Performance 360™ combines process condition insights, metrics, process history and artificial intelligence (AI) to predict how a process will perform in the future, enabling users to make proactive decisions to avoid processing inefficiencies.

BEST ASSET MONITORING TECHNOLOGY

MTELL®, Aspen Technology

Utilizing AI, Aspen Mtell is a prescriptive maintenance solution that helps organizations maximize performance and increase planning accuracy, uptime and equipment lifespan.

VISUAL ASSET PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT (APM), AVEVA

Visual APM combines traditional APM (e.g., IT/OT data, big data analytics) with an additional asset information layer (e.g., 2D/3D models, P&ID information, laser scans) to create a “living” digital twin of equipment and processes. This enables users to improve reliability and availability of physical assets, while minimizing risks and operating costs.

ORBIT 60 SERIES, Bently Nevada, a Baker Hughes Business

The technology is the company’s next-generation of asset protection, condition monitoring and advanced diagnostics. Orbit 60 Series is a fully distributable architecture that allows users to monitor all their assets, regardless of complexity or location, and is intrinsically cyber secure.

AMS ASSET MONITOR, Emerson

The technology is an edge analytics device that collects both vibration and process data from balance of plant assets to alert personnel to the most common faults associated with a wide range of assets.

CONDITION-BASED MAINTENANCE SERVICES, Honeywell Process Solutions

The service continuously monitors industrial control system (ICS) assets to predict failure, enabling users to move from a reactive to a proactive system of maintenance.

IIoT PLANT ASSET MANAGEMENT SOLUTION (PAM), Yokogawa

PAM is a unique vibration monitoring solution that utilizes AI and ML analytics for very early anomaly detection in rotating equipment.

BEST CATALYST TECHNOLOGY

FOURTUNE™, BASF

Fourtune™ is a new fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst product that has been optimized to deliver superior butylene over propylene selectivity. It delivers better economic performance through butylene selectivity and high conversion and maintains coke selective bottoms upgrading and
high-distillate yields that increase refiners’ profitability.

POLYMAX® 600/NHP 402, Clariant and Lummus Technology

The technology is an olefin polymerization catalyst that provides sustainable, robust polypropylene production at significantly lower costs. PolyMax® 600—an optimal drop-in replacement for phthalate-based catalysts—provides benefits such as high activity, strong isotacticity control and excellent hydrogen response.

[HP]2 CATALYST FOR LIGHT OLEFINS PRODUCTION IN FCCU, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL)

HPCL designed the cost-effective FCC catalyst to maximize propylene production, minimize clarified oil yields and reduce dry gas/bottoms in the FCCU.

NANO2 COMBUSTION CATALYSTS®, Purify Fuels Inc.

The custom-blended fuel additive optimizes combustion by initiating ignition sooner and then donating billions of molecules of oxygen to extend combustion duration to burn a larger percentage of fuel during the power stroke. This process generates more energy while emitting less unburned fuel in the exhaust.

SEB SERIES CATALYST, Sinopec Shanghai Research Institute of Petrochemical Technology

The catalyst promotes ethylbenzene production using refinery offgas. The catalyst employs an MFI zeolite with unique nanosheets morphology to increase impurity tolerance, activity, selectivity and stability.

MESOPOROUS ZEOLITES, Zeopore Technologies

By creating additional pores into the zeolite crystal, the company is tailoring zeolite porosity profiles to achieve maximum catalytic performance. This provides a catalyst with higher conversion and an enhanced selectivity to valuable fractions, such as middle distillates and petrochemical feeds.

BEST DIGITAL TWIN TECHNOLOGY

DIGITAL TWIN FOR REFINERY-WIDE EMISSION MODEL, Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (BPCL)

BPCL developed a digital model capable of calculating emissions from various sources inside the refinery, as well as optimizing heater efficiencies of various fired heaters. This model provides better emissions reduction and accounting.

PERFORMANCE 360™, Symphony AzimaAI

An all-inclusive process performance management solution, Performance 360™ combines process condition insights, metrics, process history and AI to predict how a process will perform in the future, enabling users to make proactive decisions to avoid processing inefficiencies.

PETRO-SIM®, Yokogawa

The digital twin for unit performance monitoring enables faster identification and resolution of unit issues, leading to minimization of lost profit and enhanced plant operability.

BEST HEALTH, SAFETY OR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRIBUTION

OPERATIONS MASTERY PROJECT, AVEVA

AVEVA developed the globally-deployed project for Shell, which focused on behavioral competencies of frontline operators to increase safety. Behavioral training uses a VR environment to provide the user with real-life scenarios for training or assessment on unexpected situations in an industrial plant.

WILMA™, Weavix

The technology is a non-invasive, flexible and compact monitoring assistant designed to assist trained safety professionals, operators and technicians in confined space operations and activities.

TIGHTENING SAFETY, Siemens

Siemens developed a cross-functional Center of Excellence (COE) team to develop novel solutions that could be applied broadly and exceed regulatory requirements to prevent injuries. The result was a tightening program designed to address the causes behind tightening incidents, which account for nearly 50% of hand/finger injuries in the oil and gas industry.

DIGITAL RISK MANAGEMENT, Yokogawa

By embracing process safety technology as a digital twin, Digital Risk Management allows organizations to make their facilities safer, cost-effectively sustain their safety instrumented systems (SIS), and make better informed decisions to optimize safety and eliminate intolerable risks or use extra precautions when further exposed.

BEST INSTRUMENT TECHNOLOGY

AVEVA REAL-TIME CRUDE, AVEVA

The cutting-edge crude analysis system generates rapid, reliable and accurate crude oil assays that help support crude purchase and refining operation decisions.

RANGER-PRO, Bently Nevada, a Baker Hughes Business

The wireless vibration device allows users to monitor velocity, acceleration and temperature for assets to effectively establish/expand reliability/condition-based monitoring programs, reduce maintenance costs and extend asset life.

ROSEMOUNT™ 5300 GUIDED WAVE RADAR LEVEL TRANSMITTER, Emerson

The technology is an enhanced-version of the guided wave radar for liquid level measurement. The new version helps optimize the separation process by enabling the measurement of a thinner top liquid layer in interface applications and accurately measuring the top of a tank. It is ideal for tanks containing two immiscible liquids.

PROSONIC FLOW G 300/500, Endress + Hauser

The technology is a robust, ultrasonic gas flowmeter with integrated pressure and temperature sensors for highly accurate, real-time measured values of both dry and wet gases.

WALT™, Weavix

Part of the company’s workforce optimization platform, walt™ is a personal device to increase safety, productivity and communication between the entire workforce. It enhances communication between personnel, monitors personnel’s atmospheric readings and biometrics and can alerting workers to potential hazards or restricted areas.

BEST MODELING TECHNOLOGY

ASPEN HYSYS, Aspen Technology

HYSYS V11 is a process simulation software that helps optimize processes and workflows across oil and gas operations. The latest version better aligns planning and operations and provides planning models with more streamlined workflows.

AVEVA REACTOR MODELS: REFINERY, AVEVA

The comprehensive portfolio includes rigorous models for refinery conversion units to provide real-time optimization, planning and performance modeling of various refinery processing units.

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN EMULATION, CDE Projects

Conceptual Design Emulation is a mathematics-based approach and computer program to perform engineering studies and provide cost estimates of chemical process plants.

TOPNIR SYSTEMS, Topnir

The technology enables the end user to simulate crude oil blending and estimate the risks of such activities. The technology helps optimize crude identification/characterization, as well as minimize quality giveaway for fuel blending.

BEST NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGY

ROSEMOUNT CT4400 CONTINUOUS GAS ANALYZER, Emerson

The technology is the first purpose-built hybrid quantum cascade laser and tunable diode laser process gas analyzer designed to enhance performance and reduce costs specifically in nitrous oxide measurement and continuous emissions monitoring applications.

EXION® LT, Exion Systems

The proprietary contacting and separation process removes hydrogen sulfide and mercaptan species from propane, butane, LPG, NGL and light condensates.

CEIRS™, ZEGAZ Instruments

Chilled-mirror evanescent infrared spectroscopy (CEIRS) accurately and unambiguously determines the dewpoint of hydrocarbon gas streams at pressures up to 1,500 psi and can distinguish between hydrocarbon dewpoints and water condensation.

BEST PETROCHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

THERMAL CRUDE-TO-CHEMICALS (TC2C™) TECHNOLOGY, Chevron Lummus Global, Saudi Aramco Technologies Co. and Lummus Technology

The innovative process bypasses conventional refining steps by employing a proprietary direct conversion process to produce petrochemicals from crude oil.

SULFUR-FREE DETERGENTS FOR LUBRICANTS, Eni

Eni has developed a new sulfur-free detergents product family based on cyclic oligomeric compounds (i.e., calixarene) for lubricants. This evolution of lubricants improves energy efficiency of machines by reducing friction losses, thereby significantly limiting CO2 emissions.

PARA-DIETHYLBENZENE (PDEB) TECHNOLOGY, Reliance Industries Ltd.

The technology produces PDEB by alkylation of ethylbenzene with ethylene over Reliance’s super-selective PDEB catalyst.

OUTLET SUPPORT GRID, Woven Metal Products

Developed in partnership with Haldor Topsoe, Outlet Support Grid was created to obtain a lower pressure drop in axial-flow reactors by up to 75%. This reduces operating costs significantly by decreasing energy consumption, while increasing production.

BEST PROCESS CONTROLS-AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY

BEDROCK OSA® +FLOW, Bedrock Automation

The industrial control system, which fits in the palm of the hand, enables users to configure oil and gas measurement applications in the field.

DELTAV DISTRIBUTED CONTROL AND SAFETY SYSTEM, Emerson

The latest version of the DeltaV control system incorporates the highest cybersecurity standards to provide users with a technology to maintain a cybersecure automation infrastructure.

DYNAMIC REAL-TIME OPTIMIZER (RT-OP), Yokogawa

Based on KBC’s Petro-SIM process simulation platform, RT-OP enables plants to quickly respond to dynamically changing oil market and product market conditions and improve both productivity and profitability.

BEST PROCESS-PLANT OPTIMIZATION TECHNOLOGY

INTELLIGENT COLLABORATION CENTER, AVEVA

The comprehensive digitalization platform provides visualization, predictive and prescriptive analytics, digital twins, etc., to make informative decisions on plant operations.

CONTROL OF WORK, Sphera

The solution provides the user with a single unified view of all asset conditions in real time to provide meaningful, actionable insights across the organization.

ZTC EDGE, Stratus Technologies

A highly-automated computing platform for industrial edge environments, ztC Edge is purpose-built for OT. It includes a built-in virtualization layer to significantly reduce the dependence on IT for virtualized computing at the edge.

PLANT RESOURCE MANAGER (PRM), Yokogawa

PRM is a predictive asset management solution for plant operations, control systems and SIS. The solution provides maintenance management, including online functions for monitoring and diagnosing all measurement and control devices, machines and process equipment.

BEST REFINING TECHNOLOGY

LC-MAX, Chevron Lummus Global

The process addresses challenges plaguing the high conversion of vacuum residue. LC-MAX is a unique flow scheme advancement to LC-FININIG that integrates a solvent deasphalting section into the LC-FINING flow scheme to achieve more than a 90% conversion with high-product selectivity.

HYDROFLEX™, Haldor Topsoe

The technology is a single-stage design—with a proprietary catalyst—that can transform almost any renewable feedstock into drop-in, ultra-low-sulfur gasoline, jet fuel or diesel.

HP-HIGAS, HPCL

Based on process intensification, HP-HiGAS uses rotating packed beds to improve the mass transfer between gases and liquids. This process induces centrifugal forces that are more than 100 times that of gravity, leading to mass transfer efficiency. This benefit can reduce unit size, lower capital
cost and improve safety, while achieving the same capacity and separation.

INDMAX FCC, Lummus Technology

The FCC process produces propylene, ethylene and butylene in refineries directly from heavy residues.

BEST SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY

AVEVA PRODUCTION ACCOUNTING, AVEVA

This solution finds errors in raw plant data and closes mass balance and production accounting to help the plant better account for feedstocks and products.

SYSTEM 1 CONDITION MONITORING SOFTWARE, Bently Nevada, a Baker Hughes Business

The connected platform gathers and stores machine health data across the entire enterprise in one central location for real-time analysis, diagnosis and preventive condition-based maintenance planning.

BARRACUDA VIRTUAL REACTOR®, CPFD Software

The Barracuda Virtual Reactor® is a physics-based engineering software package capable of predicting all fluid, particle solid, thermal and chemically reacting behavior inside a fluidized reactor to maximize its productivity and reliability.

ROSEMOUNT™ THERMOWELL DESIGN ACCELERATOR SOFTWARE, Emerson

The free online tool eliminates manual design calculations facing process design engineers when sizing thermowells.

INEIGHT® SCHEDULE, InEight

The software blends AI, human intelligent and risk intelligence into a single tool that augments the planning process for capital projects.

MOST PROMISING ENGINEER

ANDREW BECKER, Burns and McDonnell

Since 2007, Andrew Becker has been a member of the company’s process engineering team in the oil, gas and chemicals group. From specialty chemicals projects to leading combined-cycle power and major U.S. refining projects, he has worked on a diverse set of activities in his career. Due to his successful track record, he has been entrusted with leading process engineering projects with capital expenditures from several hundred million dollars to several billions of dollars.

HAMED M. H. AL-AZEMI, Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. (KIPIC)

Mr. Al-Azemi is a process engineer who began his career during the EPC phase of the Al-Zour grassroots refinery project. At present, his responsibilities include several activities within the commissioning team of the atmospheric residue desulfurization unit. He has also presented at several conferences on challenges during the design of hydrotreating facilities for heavy oil processing and developing responsive design changes for processing different types of heavy crude, among others.

KHALED RASHEED, KIPIC

Khaled Rasheed began his career as an operations engineer at the Al-Zour refinery CDU and saturated gas unit. His contributions were integral to improving the unit’s engineering design and construction phases, commissioning sequence, etc. He also helped immensely to develop a documentation readiness program, participated in LPG pipeline negotiations, instituted training and competency development initiatives, and improved training documents to assist the commissioning and startup of the Al-Zour refinery. HP

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