Hydrocarbon Processing 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. Business Trends: Insights from the <i>2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis</i> The author’s company recently completed its data analysis for the 2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis (Fuels Study). HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1950s: Capacity expands after WW2 and technologies and maintenance mature The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1950s by Petroleum Refiner, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing. History of the HPI: The 1950s: Capacity expansion, HDPE/PP, polycarbonate, computers and rocket science The 1950s marked an evolution in the use of oil by nations around the world. 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. Utilize heavy-duty cable tray systems to improve cable tray designs This article presents a novel design concept that utilizes a heavy-duty cable tray system to optimize cable tray design, procurement and construction. Industry Perspectives: Capital investments/major trends affecting the global HPI In late January, Tyler Campbell, Associate Editor, Hydrocarbon Processing, Gas Processing and LNG, and H2Tech, presented an update on the global capital construction landscape at the Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) Extra Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana (U.S.). Construction Eni plans to launch its 3.4-MMtpy FLNG vessel offshore Mozambique this year. The Coral Sul FLNG vessel is being built by Samsung Heavy Industries. Sustainability through efficiency: A plan for the refining industry The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will decrease through 2050 in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries (OECD), which includes the U.S.1