Hydrocarbon Processing Sustainable refinery of the future: Versatile, efficient and smart Greenhouse gas emissions occur alongside an inflection point for global refined product consumption. Since the 1850s—when the first oil refineries were constructed—the world has changed dramatically as refined product demand has continued inexorably upward. HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1960s: Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes History of the HPI: The 1960s: Synthetic oils, zeolite catalysts, LLDPE, OPEC and and creation of the PLC During the 1960s, the global refining and petrochemical industries witnessed new processes and products that enhanced the daily lives of millions of people around the world. Overview of decarbonization pathways for the oil and gas and petrochemical industries—Part 1 This two-part article will cover the seven pathways to decarbonizing the oil and gas and petrochemical industries. Air-cooled heat exchanger operation under emergency cooling service One of the challenges in the operation of air cooled heat exchangers (ACHEs) is to decide whether or not to operate under natural convection. Industry Perspectives: 1Q project announcements this year down vs. 1Q 2021 New capital project announcements are down 27% in 1Q 2022 vs. 1Q 2021. Global Project Data Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,100 projects around the world, totaling more than $1.8 T in active capital project investments. Cleaning mud oil incineration offgases The sustainable management of petroleum exploration and refining requires appropriate treatment and disposal of the oily waste generated. HP Flashback: Operations expand and technologies advance during global conflict: Excerpts from the 1940s This articles details several case studies on the use of x-ray technology for inspection purposes. This includes for the inspection of casings, forgings and welded structures, among others. Industry Pioneers: Polymer science, catalytic cracking, petrochemicals and EPC Waldo Semon was an American chemist whose detour with assigned laboratory research at B. F. Goodrich led to the development of vinyl—the second best-selling plastic in the world.