Hydrocarbon Processing Industry Metrics The US gasoline market received a boost from a gasoline supply outage on the East Coast, despite overall supply-side pressure resulting from higher regional refinery intakes. Executive Viewpoint: Now and into the future: Challenges and solutions for the global processing industries Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with senior-level executives of Merichem Company, Cyndie Fredrick (CF) and Kathy Young (KY), Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers of Merichem’s two business units, to discuss the state of the downstream industry, where it is heading in the future and how their company is helping operators meet their sustainability goals. Editorial Comment: A shift in capital? Petrochemical projects take lead in active project market share In mid-June, I joined Thad Pittman, Senior Research Analyst, Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, to provide Hydrocarbon Processing subscribers with a global analysis on the downstream processing industry’s capital projects landscape. Address measurement uncertainty in pipelines and storage How would you measure the volume of a can of soup? The height should work, but what about diameter? Or, you can possibly just trust what the manufacturer has told you on the label. Environment: Everything you want to know about IMO 2020 but are afraid to ask IMO 2020 is posing big questions about significant issues, and clear answers are proving difficult to find. Electric vehicles are coming, but their impact will be evolutionary, not revolutionary Alternatively fueled vehicles (AFVs) are getting plenty of press these days, but their market penetration is still a long way from critical mass. Advanced crude management by NIR spectroscopy combined with topology modeling Crude characterization is critical for refinery optimization. Taiwan's naphtha tanker hit by suspected attack An oil tanker carrying fuel from the Middle East for Taiwan’s state oil refiner CPC Corp was suspected to have been attacked. Executive Viewpoint: Trends in the global process furnace market Whether it is heating process fluids to achieve enough temperature in crude atmospheric and vacuum distillation units, or reaction temperatures inside furnace tubes to produce ethylene, vinyl chloride monomer, synthetic gas and continuous catalytic reformer reactors, or simple process heating (thermal fluid), process furnaces play a critical role in refineries and petrochemical complexes. Construction Sinochem Hongrun Petrochemical Co. Ltd. will use Honeywell UOP’s ionic liquids alkylation technology to produce high-octane, cleaner-burning transportation fuels.