http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com Hydrocarbon Processing An evolving approach to digitalization https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/july-2019/the-industrial-internet-of-things/an-evolving-approach-to-digitalization Much has been written in recent years about the need for refineries to embrace the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Best practices in boiler maintenance and replacement https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/february-2019/maintenance-and-reliability/best-practices-in-boiler-maintenance-and-replacement Refineries cannot afford a sudden boiler failure (FIG. 1). Regularly assessing the condition of boilers is vital. Engineering Case Histories—Case 104: Energy in steam boiler explosions https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2018/november-2018/columns/engineering-case-histories-case-104-energy-in-steam-boiler-explosions Steam boiler explosions happen all over the world, as an internet search will reveal. Editorial Comment https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2018/july-2018/columns/editorial-comment In early June, Hydrocarbon Processing and Eni—an Italian multinational oil and gas company—hosted the annual International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) in Milan, Italy. Use an Excel-based method to evaluate performance for the preheat train of a CDU https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2018/june-2018/special-focus-process-optimization/use-an-excel-based-method-to-evaluate-performance-for-the-preheat-train-of-a-cdu A rigorous and accurate performance evaluation of existing equipment is a key factor for the success of a plant revamp study. Maximizing energy efficiency in paraxylene production—Part 1 https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2017/december-2017/process-optimization/maximizing-energy-efficiency-in-paraxylene-production-part-1 Due to reduced margins, higher energy costs and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) content, energy efficiency has never been more important in refining and petrochemicals. Case histories of amine plant equipment corrosion problems–Part 1 https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2017/november-2017/maintenance-and-reliability/case-histories-of-amine-plant-equipment-corrosion-problems-part-1 Lost production from corrosion costs the oil and gas industry more than $1 B/yr.1 Optimizing the dehydration process with advanced process simulation https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2017/november-2017/process-optimization/optimizing-the-dehydration-process-with-advanced-process-simulation In the operation of natural gas pipelines, a blockage or leak can cause expensive production losses, damage equipment and pose safety hazards. Improve removal of phenolic and amine compounds in a sour water stripper https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2017/november-2017/special-focus-plant-safety-and-environment/improve-removal-of-phenolic-and-amine-compounds-in-a-sour-water-stripper Joint stripping in a refinery sour water stripper (SWS) unit contributes to the concentration of phenols and total nitrogen (N) in the discharged treated water from the wastewater treatment unit. Recommended practices for fired process heater instrumentation and control https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2017/may-2017/process-control-and-instrumentation/recommended-practices-for-fired-process-heater-instrumentation-and-control Fired process heaters are one of the most critical pieces of equipment within many refinery and petrochemical facilities. Proper instrumentation and control of the equipment has direct bearing on the successful operation of the process, as well as on overall facility process safety.