Hydrocarbon Processing Industry Perspectives: <i>HP</i> Awards—Honoring the industry’s best In late June, Hydrocarbon Processing announced the finalists for its third annual awards. 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. Minimize energy consumption in water treatment with forward osmosis technology—Part 2 Heavy industries like refining, petrochemicals and mining face concerns about the availability of freshwater, as these are affected by local water scarcities and stringent water discharge regulations. Chemistry modeling system—A key to increased steam system reliability Oil refineries and petrochemical plants rely on steam systems to maintain utility and process unit operations. Advantages of using TDL analyzers for safety monitoring in combustion within HPI applications From refining to chemical production processes, heaters play an essential role in hydrocarbon processing applications. Refinery revamp opportunities with welded plate heat exchangers The plate-and-shell (PandS) heat exchanger has three significant advantages over the shell-and-tube (SandT) type traditionally used in refinery processes. Benefits of close-coupled flush rings The chemical industry uses flush rings for diaphragm seals. Business Trends: US RPET and sustainability goals—a reality check Three primary drivers exist for recycling polyethylene terephalate (PET) bottles. 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.