Hydrocarbon Processing <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> Awards Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its second annual awards. Build a diesel fuel performance additive, the right way—Part 1 Many diesel fuel additive companies in North America supply different additive products formulated for diesel-powered equipment. ASTM seeks participants to develop cetane test method ASTM International is welcoming participants to create the first constant volume combustion chamber test method that would measure the generic cetane number of diesel fuels. Improve refinery profitability by processing low-value streams in a diesel hydrotreater Global demand for middle distillates, especially diesel, is increasing. Shale oil characterization optimizes refining process The abundance of shale oils is an unexpected gift for US refiners. These new crude oils have different characteristics from conventional oils that will affect refining processes and the operation of p.. 2015 Catalyst developments: Innovation and value creation Hydrocarbon Processing invited major catalyst companies and industry consultants to share their insights regarding innovations and trends for new catalytic technologies.Challenges to be solvedand#147;As.. Consider the pros and cons when importing heavy oil for cokers The recent shift to lighter crudes has starved many US heavy oil units of feed. Maximizing asset use makes importing heavy oil for vacuum distillation and delayed coking attractive. Consider new online analyzers to optimize FCC operations Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and near infrared (NIR) process analyzers are highly effective in quantifying physical properties in hydrocarbons, especially where the feedstock, intermediate and final product streams are all interlinked. HP Global: 2015 outlook for oil price and its refining sector implications What is the oil price outlook for the next 12 months? As of early January, the price of Brent has effectively halved compared to the 2014 summer peak, similar to the price collapse of 2008. However, u.. Shale gas drives new opportunities for US downstream This shift to lighter feeds for the SC will reduce the future availability of other petrochemical feedstocks—in particular, propylene.