Current Issue: December 2018

Archive

Special Focus: Plant Design, Engineering and Construction

Conceptualizing a mega-integrated refinery and petrochemical complex: A case study
Chaudhuri, S., Dass, T., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

Integration is the new keyword for sustainability and profit in today’s oil and gas market scenario.

Eight strategies to minimize capital expenditures for a better bottom line
Adib, M., SNC-Lavalin Inc.

The following are eight strategies to help reduce engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project costs, along with tips to maximize the value of both existing assets and new investments for refiners and producers.

Capital projects are making a comeback, but are EPC firms ready?
Donnelly, P., AspenTech

After several years of cutting costs to align to the reality of fewer and smaller capital projects, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms are now forging ahead as the industry recovers.

Process design consideration for a deep-cut vacuum distillation unit—Part 2

Recently, many US refineries have been reconfigured to process heavy opportunistic sour crudes.

Maintenance and Reliability

Maintenance and turnaround planning critical to successful ejector vacuum system operation
Johnson, E., Graham Corp.

Steam ejector vacuum systems are generally considered to be reliable and require little maintenance.

Determine root causes of undesirable petcoke properties from the DCU
Gupta, A., Daggupati, S., Bisht, H., Mandal, S., Das, A. K., Reliance Industries Ltd.

The delayed coking unit (DCU) is the technology of choice for the upgrade of heavy hydrocarbon residues—i.e., bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading.

Confirm best practices for compressed air in refineries
Jett, R., Valin Corp.

Within a refinery, four main utilities are considered essential to operations: electricity, natural gas, water and compressed air.

HP Top Project Awards

Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects presently under construction, as chosen by HP editors and readers
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

Process Control and Instrumentation

It’s not double trouble—it’s digital twingenuity
Henn, J., MAVERICK Technologies

Much ink has been spilled over the concept known as the “digital twin.”

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Industry 4.0 in the oil and gas business
Lahti, T., Saurus, L., Hellgren, N., Neste Engineering Solutions

The operational cost structure of oil and gas companies is very capital- and labor-intensive.

Water Management

Advanced biological treatment removes benzene, phenol from refinery wastewater
Dale, C., Ekenberg, M., Wenta, R., Veolia Water Americas

Historically, US regulators have not required benzene and phenol monitoring for wastewater from oil refining, petrochemical processing, coking or coal gasification operations.

Environment and Safety

Extended vapor cloud analysis methodology—Part 1
Myers, P. E., Trotter, B., PEMY Consulting

The Buncefield explosion was the worst post World War 2 fire/explosion incident.

Columns

Editorial Comment: HPI spending in 2019 forecast at $375 B
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Regulations, feedstock advantages, supply/demand gaps, etc., are resulting in a surge of new capital investments around the world.

Reliability: Use procedures to do your job well
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Disregard for following detailed procedures at a petrochemical plant in Illinois proved costly.

Africa: Troubled Nigerian refineries hamper petrochemicals growth
Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Nigeria’s petroleum industry has had its fair share of upheavals, ranging from insecurity that hampers upstream operations to low global oil prices that constrain midstream and downstream investments.

Europe: Russia to fight for global oil products market despite sanctions pressure
Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

Russia plans to significantly increase its oil products to foreign markets, despite the ongoing pressure of Western sanctions and the complex situation in the country’s domestic refining industry, according to recent statements by representatives of Russia’s leading oil corporations and senior officials of the country’s Ministry of Energy.

Supply Chain: Preparing for digital downstream supply chain capabilities
Landrum, K., Opportune LLP

Several major downstream companies have recently embarked upon large-scale digital transformations with anticipated capital spending tallying in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Viewpoint: The opportunity for greater growth and value—Considerations for crude-to-chemicals projects
Moore, D., ExxonMobil

Industry players are focused on upgrading to higher-growth, higher-value chemical products.

Digital: Seize the benefits of digitalization
Broadbent, M., Wood Mackenzie

Digitalization has been making waves in the energy space, with upstream companies leading the trend with technology that improves efficiency, cuts costs and boosts margins.

Industry Perspectives: IMO 2020—What is your say?
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 2020, new International Maritime Organization (IMO) marine fuel regulations will go into effect.

Business Trends: The case for teaching competence—Part 1
Brister, D., Shea Capability & Compliance Solutions; Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Readers who have had the misfortune of being drawn into debates over the precise definitions of words or terms might agree that much time can be lost in unproductive squabbling.

Innovations
Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Designed for hazardous, wet or corrosive locations, such as oil refineries and chemical plants, the Appleton PlexPower motor starter provides electrical apparatus protection combined with the convenience and savings of off-the-shelf components.

People
Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Peter Vanacker has assumed the role of President and CEO of Neste Corp., succeeding Matti Lievonen, who will retire.