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Converting a petroleum diesel refinery for renewable diesel

Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:49 PM

Refiners around the world are examining instituting renewable diesel production capacity at their locations. Since renewable diesel production uses the same hydrotreating and separation processes used for petroleum diesel, refiners may be better off looking into converting existing assets to renewable diesel production. This podcast details several factors for refiners to analyze when thinking about converting plant assets to produce renewable diesel. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Leading in times of uncertainty

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:10 PM

A sneak preview of the upcoming April issue with an Executive Viewpoint written by Lisa Graham, Chief Operating Officer of Seeq Corporation. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Advancing crude-to-chemicals technology

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:40 PM

Hydrocarbon Processing was pleased to speak with Jorge Gascon, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Director of the KAUST Catalysis Center, on developing a new crude-to-chemicals technology with Saudi Aramco. Mr. Gascon provides insights on the one-step process, the benefits of the technology and the next steps in implementing it. For comments or feedback, please contact:        

Interconnected neural networks drive breakthrough optimization

Friday, March 26, 2021 7:09 PM

  Through the integration of a closed-loop neural network, refineries and petrochemical plants can interconnect their people and process areas to optimize their most dynamic and profitable processes and capture millions of dollars in annual incremental margin. For comments or feedback, please contact:        

Repair complex petrochemical components with selective electroplating

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:54 PM

  Minimizing downtime is vital in the processing industry. A wide range of maintenance methods/technologies are available. When it comes to complex geometries that must be repaired fast and be able to withstand the harsh, continuous operating conditions of petrochemical production. few solutions are as adept and as effective as selective electroplating. For comments or feedback, please contact:        

Russia looks to double petrochemicals and LPG exports by 2025

Friday, March 19, 2021 4:00 AM

This Regional Focus looks into Russia's plan to invest heavily in increasing petrochemicals and LPG production, as well as their drive to boost exports of both. For comments or feedback, please contact:      

A perspective on new technology impacts on the chemical processing industry

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:45 PM

  Just as society experiences new technologies that affect the way it communicates and interacts, the chemical industry is also experiencing an evolution in new technologies that optimize operations. This is a quick look at how these technologies are impacting the chemicals industry. For comments or feedback, please contact:        

ROI is the secret sauce for sustainable digital transformation

Friday, March 12, 2021 3:37 PM

Zachary Burke, Radix Engineering and Software, provides the five levels of digital maturity and how they should focus on the key variable to make these stages sustainable: return on investment. For comments or feedback, please contact:      

Steps to selecting the right rotary control valve

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 8:41 PM

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Jason Jablonski and Wade Helfer of Emerson to discuss what you should look for when selecting a rotary control valve. For comments or feedback, please contact:    

Why technology that powers and augments humans is crucial for 2021 industrial business resilience

Friday, March 5, 2021 4:13 PM

The global processing industry has experienced several challenges over the past year. However, new technologies are enabling the HPI workforce to optimize operations in a new way. Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Tyler Hufstetler, Director of Partnerships, Parsable and Fellow with the World Economic Forum, to discuss how technology is supporting business operations for increased productivity and safety. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

SPONSORED: Alarm management: Will today's practices work tomorrow?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:54 PM

  Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Perry Nordh and Jeet Dey of Honeywell to discuss how the traditional approaches to alarm management have changed over time, as well as the evolution in alarm management and how companies can utilize new technologies to gain a competitive edge.   

How COVID-19 changed the adoption of digital technologies

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:08 PM

  Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Zied Ouertani, Vice President, Chemicals and Refining Global Head of Technology for ABB, to discuss how the global pandemic escalated the necessity of digital technological solutions and if the processing industry's digital transformation will continue in the future.   

Improve reliability and reduce maintenance with advanced analytics

Friday, February 26, 2021 5:00 AM

  This podcast details how advanced analytics can reduce unit downtime and improve reliability, freeing hours/days of crucial engineering resource time. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Optimize plant turnarounds with AI-powered software

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:23 PM

How much time and costs can be saved by scheduling with an AI-powered solution? This podcast examines how using new digital tools, such as AI, can optimize plant shutdowns and save significant time and money. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Data historian-based machine condition monitoring

Thursday, February 18, 2021 4:04 PM

Machine condition monitoring has been playing an increasingly important role in industrial asset healthcare for many years. This podcast dives into details on how historian-base condition monitoring has become much more intuitive, reliable, transparent and widespread. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Reduce OPEX and improve sustainability through digital energy optimization strategies

Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:11 AM

Energy optimization is a key opportunity to reduce energy cost and lower emissions. Digital transformation solutions can accelerate the return of energy optimization investments. This podcast examines some digital tools to help optimize energy efficiency in processing plants. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Reliability: Plan startups wisely and involve SMEs

Friday, February 12, 2021 8:41 PM

Hydrocarbon Processing's Reliability Editor, Heinz Bloch summarizes the experience of a former colleague in which he was selected as the expert witness for a company in litigation against a supplier of bulk raw material. The plaintiff’s profitability depended on the uninterrupted flow of raw material from the defendant. The startup was delayed, and the unforeseen consequential losses for the plaintiff were far-reaching. For comments or feedback, please contact:      

Are chemical companies ready for the future of work?

Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:00 AM

  How can companies adapt to the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and oil/gas market volatility? This podcast examines four levers of transformation that could push companies into the future: energy transition, integrated human-machine collaboration, recoded careers and organizational agility.   

The tools advancing the HPI into the digital age

Thursday, February 4, 2021 9:16 PM

  This podcast provides an overview of some of the many digital technologies being adopted in the HPI to increase safety, productivity, profitability and sustainability.   

Escaping the "cyclone market" in downstream energy

Thursday, January 28, 2021 9:33 PM

Several challenges facing the downstream processing industry have led to reduced insurance limits/coverages at significantly higher prices, leading to a cyclone market that seems inescapable for HPI companies that need coverage for their capital-intensive units. This podcast provides several steps that could help asset owners out of this whirlwind market. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Reasons for vibration issues in boilers and furnaces

Monday, January 25, 2021 5:00 AM

This podcast dives into the trends that cause vibration issues in boilers and furnaces, along with several techniques to mitigate vibration within these pieces of equipment.

How to support condition monitoring with wireless instrumentation networks

Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:09 PM

WirelessHART sensors, whether used with existing control and monitoring systems or with new technical applications, provide the data required to improve process efficiency and safety. This podcast examines seven practical examples where wireless instrumentation networks can optimize plant operations. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Address damage done by galvanic corrosion

Friday, January 15, 2021 12:00 PM

  This podcast provides an overview on galvanic corrosion, including causes or corrosion, vulnerable areas and prevention. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Hydrocarbons face the toughest challenge yet

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:30 PM

  This podcast examines future global energy demand and how the energy mix will transition to 2050. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Do companies have the right tools to make proactive safety decisions?

Friday, January 8, 2021 11:00 AM

  This podcast dives into Sphera's 2020 process safety management/operational risk management survey. It provides insights into the industry's safety culture, reality of risks, methods organizations are using to identify risks and adopting digital technologies to increase safety in hazardous facilities. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Case EPC-2020: Increasing competitiveness and profits

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:21 PM

  In this hypothetical case (EPC-2020), the global EPC market is explored and, from that basis, guidelines are presented on how to make an EPC firm more competitive and increase its profit to a healthy 5%-6% of sales. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Industry Focus: Competition for Europe's LNG market

Monday, January 4, 2021 11:00 AM

  The level of competition in the global LNG market is rising as major producers look to increase their shares in a market severely weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes significant competition for Europe's LNG market share, as well as growing LNG demand in Asia. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

The elements of a reliability framework

Friday, January 1, 2021 5:00 AM

  Hydrocarbon Processing's Reliability Editor, Heinz Bloch, summarizes the five pillars needed to achieve reliable plants. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

A project manager's challenges in LNG megaprojects

Monday, December 28, 2020 11:00 AM

  Most megaprojects suffer from costs and timeline overruns. This podcast details 11 prominent areas project managers should focus on to ensure megaprojects are on-time and on-budget. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

HPI spending forecast to reach $491 B in 2021

Sunday, December 27, 2020 12:00 PM

  The editors of Hydrocarbon Processing forecast HPI spending on capital, operations and maintenance will total approximately $491 B in 2021. This podcast examines a synopsis on global spending, capital expenditures by region and active/new project numbers in the global HPI. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

The construction industry's quest to find a skilled workforce

Monday, December 21, 2020 12:00 PM

  This executive viewpoint from Brian Gallagher, Vice President of Corporate Development, Graycor, discusses steps the EPC industry needs to take to build a skilled and engaged construction workforce.  For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Driving higher return with fuel-grade butanol at the refinery

Friday, December 18, 2020 12:00 PM

This podcast examines a new proprietary process that produces a mixed butanol product from refinery-grade propylene suitable for use as a fuel additive. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Cybersecurity: Guidelines to help mitigate risks

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 12:00 PM

  Hydrocarbon Processing spoke with Ben Dickinson, Senior Operations Lead, Cybersecurity, ABB, to discuss the risks companies face from cyber-attacks and guidelines to help mitigate risks and keep facilities and personnel safe.  For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Tips to implementing an effective shift handover

Monday, December 14, 2020 12:00 PM

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Dave Loubser, Senior Staff Consultant, KBC, a Yokogawa Company, to discuss the importance of a plant's shift handover, along with ways to implement and effective shift handover strategy. For comments or feedback, please contact:

How digital transformation improves safety and reduces emissions

Friday, December 11, 2020 11:00 AM

This podcast, written by Marcelo Carugo, Vice President of Global Refining and Chemical Programs, Emerson, provides examples to show how a company's digital transformation journey works in practice to improve operations, focusing primarily on safety and reducing emissions. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Optimizing methanol plant operations through minimal capital investments

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 3:50 PM

This podcast details Methanex's Chile 4 Standalone Operation project. It details the development process performed by Methanex, starting from the business context through an explanation of the original design and the proposed new design and, finally, depicting the benefits derived from the project's implementation. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Five lessons to get the most out of remote training and tools

Friday, December 4, 2020 11:00 AM

In-person group training may never look the same as it did prior to the pandemic, but 2020 has shown that organizations can get much more out of remote tools than previously thought possible. This podcast examines five lessons to create flexible and engaging remote training sessions for plant personnel. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Why we value engineering data

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 9:24 PM

  This podcast examines the value of engineering data and innovation throughout the life cycle of a project. For successful data management, users need to focus on several important questions: What data is required? How can data be managed and used effectively? How can engineers achieve consistent data?  For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Digital twin—Today’s disruptive technology leader

Monday, November 30, 2020 7:54 PM

Among numerous emerging technologies in the process industries, the digital twin is the most powerful and disruptive. Why? Listen to this episode of The Main Column Podcast to learn more. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Extracting business value from digitalization in oil and gas

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:23 PM

Most oil and gas companies are investing in digitalization; however, they often fail to move beyond proof of value or pilot projects. This podcast examines key factors that can set a digitalization program up for success and allow scaling past the pilot stage. For comments or feedback, please contact:

How using digital platforms can improve plant performance and increase customer success

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 9:51 PM

This podcast, written by ExxonMobil, explains how digital platforms can offer significant benefits across the oil and gas value chain by employing advanced analytical tools and near-real-time access to technical expertise to improve daily plant performance.

Siloed to connected: Why the oil and gas industry is going digital

Friday, November 13, 2020 5:10 PM

HPI organizations generate vast amounts of data throughout their operations. It is imperative to utilize this data in the most optimal way. This podcast examines several advanced data management tools to help organizations optimize workflows and bring benefits to the entire enterprise.

Hydrogen and clean fuels: An EPC's perspective

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 11:00 AM

  Hydrocarbon Processing sits down with Bill Preston, President and Chief Operating Officer of KP Engineering, to discuss how this EPC has leveraged their diverse background in oil refining to adapt to the sustainable market needs of hydrogen and clean fuels.  

Achieve refinery cost savings with real-time hydrogen monitoring

Friday, November 6, 2020 12:00 PM

  One way refiners can better control or even reduce costs is by accurately monitoring hydrogen levels in several locations throughout the facility. This podcast examines the importance of hydrogen monitoring and suggestions on improving hydrogen measurements for optimal performance.  

Seven imperatives for modern inventory management solutions

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:38 PM

  This podcast discusses seven crucial qualities terminal operators are looking for in a modern inventory management solution--a terminal operator's "wish list." These qualities help terminal operators reduce inventory uncertainties, increase efficiency and minimize product losses.  

The role of the technology licensor--Past, present and future

Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:00 AM

How is the role of the process technology licensor evolving to meet future energy and products demand? Hydrocarbon Processing's Editor-in-Chief, Lee Nichols, discussed the role of the process technology licensor--now and the into the future--with Leon de Bruyn, President and CEO, Lummus Technology.

Zero-based, custom-built, reliability-driven: A new kind of maintenance organization

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 11:00 AM

  This podcast details how Eastman Chemical's Longview, Texas site instituted specific goals to institute excellence in its maintenance department and optimize the way it works with operations.   

Fully autonomous operations by 2030: Is this the future of the HPI?

Friday, October 16, 2020 5:21 PM

  Yokogawa recently released a survey that found that two-thirds of process industry companies are anticipating fully autonomous operations by 2030. Hydrocarbon Processing's Editor-in-Chief, Lee Nichols, discussed the findings of this report with Duncan Micklem, Vice President, Yokogawa, and how the industry is adopting new digital technologies, what it means for the future workforce and how asset owners/operators can respond to these trends.  

OT/IT integration for profit-driven operation

Monday, October 12, 2020 11:00 AM

  OT/IT integration is required for sharing information among all levels of manufacturing organizations to achieve profit-driven operation (PDO). This podcast examines a particular PDO solution, which breaks down production performance indicators down to the technical and operative levels, using industrial best practices to create synaptic performance indicators.  

Making low-emissions LNG a reality

Thursday, October 8, 2020 10:00 AM

  This podcast examines specific concepts and technologies used in reducing emissions and effectively decarbonizing LNG production. This includes liquefaction facility design, power generation, renewables and energy storage and digitalization.   

Project Management: Reduce installation schedule for column trays

Friday, October 2, 2020 12:00 PM

  This podcast outlines best practices and methods to reduce installation time of trays in distillation columns.   

How valve upgrades can improve tank and terminal facility operations

Thursday, October 1, 2020 5:00 PM

  This podcast examines problems caused by using manual on/off valves in tank and terminal facilities, along with detailing the best ways to automate operations by selecting the right type of valve for each application.  

Meeting strict government standards for wastewater reuse and improved water quality

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 1:32 PM

Regulations on refining/petrochemical wastewater effluents and controlling their use in freshwater sources are getting stricter in many countries around the world. Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Bill Cunningham, Siemens, to discuss a case study on two separate projects Siemens conducted at Sinopec's Anqing refinery to adhere to new environmental regulations and how technology can be applied to industrial plants around the world to adhere to strict wastewater guidelines. SPONSORED CONTENT

Five Best Practices for Adopting New Digital Technologies in the HPI

Friday, September 25, 2020 5:00 PM

Many HPI companies are taking different approaches to integrating new digital technologies. This podcast provides the five best practices when starting a digital journey.  

The importance of great industrial communication

Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:44 PM

This podcast provides five rules to great communication that can lead to increased safety within refineries and petrochemical plants.

Beginning the journey to the self-optimizing plant

Friday, September 18, 2020 6:38 PM

Hydrocarbon Processing discusses the HPI's digital transformation journey with Ron Beck, Marketing Strategy Director at Aspentech, along with the future of the self-optimizing plant and how digital technologies will lead to more efficient operations.

Seven imperatives for modern inventory management solutions

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:00 PM

Today’s terminal operators are facing several challenges related to the profitability of their bulk terminal, petrochemical and oil field storage sites. Learn more in the latest Main Column Podcast. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Improving petrochemical operations with continuous condition monitoring

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 10:19 PM

While countless machines and equipment in a petrochemical plant can be monitored continuously, pumps and compressors are generally some of the most critical.Yet, while plants regularly recognize the importance of monitoring pumps and compressors, and often make periodic checks of these machines part of regular rounds, they are often overlooked as key candidates for continuous monitoring. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Digital twin—Today’s disruptive technology leader

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 3:17 PM

Among numerous emerging technologies in the process industries, the digital twin is the most powerful and disruptive. Why? Listen to the latest episode of The Main Column Podcast to learn more. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Base stocks: Market overview, specifications and guidelines

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 2:37 PM

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Editor-in-Chief/Associate Publisher, Lee Nichols, sits down with Rick Dougherty, Chief of Base Stocks and Specialties Technology, ExxonMobil, to discuss the base stocks market, the base stocks interchange, OEM specifications and much more. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Selecting the right gas analyzer to optimize monitoring of NOx and other emissions

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 2:48 PM

Combustion processes of all types generate emissions of one kind or another. For example, hydrogen- and carbon-based combustion processes produce water and carbon dioxide (CO2), respectively. For comments or feedback, please contact:

How to develop a successful asset management strategy during the coronavirus downturn

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 2:24 PM

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted all sectors of the oil and gas industry, including asset management. Many plants around the world are operating in emergency mode or shutdown.The following are six recommendations to help organizations optimize their asset management decisions during this unprecedented time and to emerge from the COVID-19 slowdown unscathed. For comments or feedback, please contact:

How to use AI to take your asset performance management techniques to the next level

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:29 PM

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Mike Reed, Head of AVEVA AI Center of Excellence--to discuss how AI can be used to improve your asset performance management techniques. Listen now to the latest AVEVA sponsored podcast. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

What if your plant were truly digital

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:11 PM

With the increasing volatility of the oil and gas markets (involving price fluctuations and oil demand uncertainties) and stricter environmental constraints, a new normal for the world is being built right in front of us. Learn more in this AVEVA sponsored podcast. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Data security and privacy: The five questions energy company boards need to ask

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:56 PM

Over the past 5 yr, the energy industry has been forced to navigate highly volatile conditions, including unstable economics, increased sustainability concerns and a shortage of experienced leaders to succeed those approaching retirement. Learn more in this AVEVA Sponsored podcast. For comments or feedback, please contact:

The latest in measurement optimization for improved efficiency

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 2:45 PM

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with three subject matter experts from Endress + Hauser--Prasanth Sreekumar, Mark Thomas and Sam Miller--to discuss the latest in measurement technology and how instrumentation and analyzers can help optimize production plants and improve efficiency. Listen now to the latest AVEVA sponsored podcast.  

Four tips for navigating a shutdown, turnaround or outage successfully

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 3:08 PM

In the oil and gas sector, managing a shutdown, turnaround, or even an outage is an unavoidable requirement. These projects are complex, with multiple stakeholders focused on limiting the time assets are offline with zero tolerance for safety incidents. Learn more in this AVEVA sponsored podcast. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Refining: Despite decline, Group 1 base stocks are here to stay

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:50 PM

Given increasingly stringent automotive specifications and the advent of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur regulations, the continued decrease in Group I base stocks demand should come as no surprise for anyone in the industry.Learn more in this AVEVA sponsored podcast. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Can you build resilience in uncertainty?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1:53 PM

2020 may be the worst year in history in the Oil & Gas industry. We witnessed one shock after another. Learn more in this AVEVA sponsored podcast. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Maintenance: How to conduct successful turnaround maintenance at refineries

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 3:34 PM

PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that, since 2014, the oil and gas industry has put off noncritical spending to reduce costs.1 In 2016, for example, the average number of backlogged labor hours for corrective and deferred safety-critical maintenance increased by 25%. Learn more in this AVEVA sponsored podcast.

Highlights from a maintenance and reliability audit

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 2:26 PM

Staffers in many plants in modern industry are assigned to job functions related to reliability assessment and implementation. How these reliability-related job functions are carried out varies greatly from plant to plant.Learn more in this AVEVA sponsored podcast. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Safety: Where foresight replaces hindsight: How AI impacts the future of oil and gas safety

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 2:31 PM

According to the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), there were 31 fatal incidents across the industry in 2018. This result was down only slightly from 33 the year before—a startlingly small improvement, given that preventing major accidents, injuries to people and hydrocarbon releases are top priorities across the energy industry. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Supply Chain: Thinking outside the box: Unconventional supply chain planning

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:24 PM

When you think of your supply chain, what do you consider? For a traditional downstream refiner, you may include pipeline, truck, rail and vessel logistics. Where inventory is stored is another consideration. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Rapid reaction to market volatility

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 2:46 PM

While there is no way to predict the length of the current pandemic or crude price volatility, you can help your refinery navigate risk and manage uncertainty by rapidly reacting to market volatility. This AVEVA sponsored podcast examines the use of cloud computing to speed up refinery planning and taking the current slow-down to future-proof operations to be in a better position to survive the next downturn. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

The downstream dilemma: Past, present and future of downstream energy

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 2:39 PM

The oil industry’s interest in the downstream segment of the business has known ups and downs. This article reviews the past, present and projected future of the downstream sector and its companies. For comments or feedback, please contact:

How to use technology to mitigate job-hopping and retain millennial workers

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:33 PM

Workforce experts and employers often suggest that the millennial generation is responsible for sparking the job-hopping trend. A 2018 Deloitte survey1 found only 28% of millennials plan to stay with their companies for more than 5 yr. From an employee’s perspective, a strong case can be made for job-hopping. In a good job market, workers—especially younger generations—often can find better opportunities and make bigger salary jumps by changing companies. For comments or feedback, please contact:

E&C execs discuss industry work and leadership in the "new normal"

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 3:04 PM

  Rice Global Engineering & Construction (E&C) Forum held its first virtual roundtable on April 24 on the subject, "Leading through a crisis: E&C leadership perspective." The lunchtime seminar, which was moderated by Hydrocarbon Processing Editor-in-Chief/Associate Publisher Lee Nichols, focused on how E&C companies are working and leading during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Industry Perspectives: New petrochemical projects flat year-over-year

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:21 PM

New perochemical project announcements plateaued year-over-year (y-o-y), according to data from Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Engineering propylene: Value unlocking with the PDH process

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 2:14 PM

Propylene is at the core of the petrochemical industry, with the synthesis of its numerous derivatives finding greater application in industries from textile to automobile, cosmetics and beyond. Propylene is also a foundation block/intermediate for numerous chemicals, from isopropanol to polypropylene (a widely used synthetic material) to gasoline octane enhancers. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Develop more efficient capital projects with an EPC 4.0 strategy

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:27 PM

Digital technologies are being widely adopted across nearly every industry. Industrial companies are moving as far away as possible from manual, document-centric processes and replacing them with cloud services, digital solutions and data-centric strategies. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Hydrocarbon Processing Interview with Meridian Energy

Monday, March 30, 2020 8:22 PM

Meridian Energy Group is building two new refineries in the U.S. These projects will be in the Bakken and Permian shale region. Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Lance Medlin, Chief Operating Officer, and Mark Fonda, Chief Technical Officer, to discuss the company's two projects and how they are building the greenest refineries in the world. 

Business Trends: Rethinking the refining and petrochemicals industries

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:34 PM

Crude oil has been the fundamental element of transportation fuel for many decades. However, market factors are changing this dynamic, creating incentives for some organizations to consider oil-to-chemical complexes to maintain a competitive edge. For comments or feedback, please contact: (

Managing dark data and visualizing your digital twin

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:35 PM

Today’s tools are often specialized for a certain type of task; however, they often lack the connectivity that would enable the easy comparison and cross-reference of asset information. Engineering tools are well suited for design and build phases, but may be less suited for use in operations and maintenance. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Five key innovation concepts to impact frontline engineers in 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 3:58 PM

Gas processing, liquefaction, oil refining, bulk petrochemicals and chemicals plants represent a large population of frontline engineers and technical managers. Their professional lives will become increasingly impacted by the growing adoption of disruptive digital technologies and digital platforms. For comments or feedback, please contact:

Augmented reality in the oil and gas sector

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 6:18 PM

At first glance, this is probably not a startling number—not when you consider the size of the entertainment industry and how immersed AR has become in video games, movies and the various ways it is being used by smartphone apps. For comments or feedback, please contact:

How digital tools improve access to device information

Monday, February 24, 2020 9:48 PM

The plant runs fully automated; robots glide silently back and forth, ensuring an optimized process; and your maintenance technician—with a few keystrokes—can tell you exactly how each piece of equipment is running. The promise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been delivered. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

Executive Viewpoint: Fuels and petrochemicals will continue to help humanity thrive

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:32 PM

A 15-yr rise in U.S. exports of refined products continued in 2019 with the nation exporting more than ever, underscoring the importance of these products to fueling a growing world. In the latter half of the last decade, U.S. petrochemical production capacity increased—with more than $20 B invested in domestic petrochemical projects in the last 2 yr alone—and exports of petrochemicals and petrochemical feedstocks rose, as well. For comments or feedback, please contact:  

EPC 2030: Five vital characteristics that will define the EPC firm of tomorrow

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 4:38 PM

According to conferences and various media, the digital revolution is largely underway. However, many EPC executives say that their companies have experimented with digital initiatives, but they are still deliberating on where they will place their “big bets.” With that in mind, the characteristics that can help shape how and where EPC firms will invest for a brighter future are listed here. For comments or feedback, please contact: (

Surviving turbulent times requires deep management changes

Monday, January 6, 2020 10:42 PM

Unfortunately, many engineering and construction (E&C) firms operate without firm direction. This is hurting these companies in adapting to new market conditions. This podcast provides four factors—capital, physical assets, knowledge and time—that, when improved upon, can greatly improve productivity and profitability of E&C firms. For comments or feedback, please contact: (

When digital transformation hits all four sustainability buckets

Monday, January 6, 2020 5:00 AM

  Sustainability efforts affect four key areas within a processing plant: efficiency, business, talent and safety. This podcast dives into how digital technologies are enabling companies to increase sustainable operations in these four key areas. For comments or feedback, please contact: (  

Designing electric process heater systems for catalytic regeneration

Monday, December 23, 2019 5:00 AM

  Achieving effective catalyst regeneration requires a process that produces a very high level of heat in a very efficient manner. Traditional steam has been a popular choice; however, this podcast explores how electric heaters can be an ideal heat source in the regeneration of catalysts within processes. For comments or feedback, please contact: (  

Petrochemical data management using cloud-based digital solutions

Monday, December 16, 2019 5:01 AM

To boost operational efficiency and support regulatory compliance, many petrochemical companies use informatic tools, such as laboratory information management systems (LIMS), to organize data. These systems enable companies to make data-driven decisions quickly and efficiently. This podcast focuses on how a petrochemical company implemented a cloud-based LIMS system to support workflows across the entire organization.   

Building industrial networks to serve IIoT and digitalization

Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:00 PM

  How are companies putting new digital technologies to work? This podcast details how companies have implemented improvement programs with digitalization and where they have witnessed major advances in operations. For comments or feedback, please contact: (  

Process safety in a connected world

Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:53 PM

  New technologies are broadening the scope of automation’s reach. This podcast explores some of these new technology concepts and how they are being applied to process safety. For comments or feedback, please contact: (    

HPI spending forecast to reach nearly $440 B in 2020

Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:09 PM

SPONSORED BY: Energy Web Atlas ( ( Lee Nichols, Editor-in-Chief/Associate Publisher, provides a brief overview on the global capital projects sector. This synopsis provides active and new project numbers, capital spending by region, major initiatives affecting spending and a forecast on global HPI spending in 2020.   For comments or feedback, please contact:    

Maximize assets with a digital investment framework

Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:30 PM

  Investments in digital technologies have shown to save companies money, optimize operations and streamline maintenance. The big question is how to evaluate digital investments? This podcasts details two investment models to consider in this analysis. For comments or feedback, please contact: (