http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com Hydrocarbon Processing Adapting and prospering in the energy transition https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/july-2019/sustainability/adapting-and-prospering-in-the-energy-transition The energy transition is gathering momentum as pressure from society leads policy makers and investors to demand faster and deeper cuts to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from all industrial sectors. Air-cooled steam surface condenser case study: Retrofit vs. revamp https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/june-2019/special-focus-process-optimization/air-cooled-steam-surface-condenser-case-study-retrofit-vs-revamp It is difficult to revamp an existing air-cooled steam surface condenser (ACSSC) for higher throughput, since most ACSSC suppliers have changed to a single-tube row design and have discontinued their multi-tube row design. Petrochemicals: DME market outlook impacted by clean fuels demand, diesel emissions https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/june-2019/columns/petrochemicals-dme-market-outlook-impacted-by-clean-fuels-demand-diesel-emissions As environmental concerns emerging from the incessant consumption of fuels have gripped the attention of global leaders, energy producers have been developing cleaner fuel alternatives for use in domestic and commercial settings. Improve refinery production and efficiency with asset monitoring https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2018/november-2018/special-focus-instrumentation-and-automation/improve-refinery-production-and-efficiency-with-asset-monitoring The sheer volume of equipment in a refinery—from vessels, columns, huge structures and mazes of pipes to pumps, valves, controllers and instruments—is staggering. Innovations https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2018/april-2018/trends-resources/innovations Ross Systems and Controls (SysCon) recently completed the qualification to self-certify its touchscreen purged panels as meeting the rigorous standards of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL-698A Code and the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA-496 Code. Innovations https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2018/march-2018/trends-resources/innovations Hawk Measurement Systems has announced a new OptioLaser S300 that can be used for the detection of all types of liquids, regardless of their dielectric properties. How the “LLF” condition monitoring technique can improve manufactured product profitability https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2018/february-2018/special-focus-materials-manufacturing/how-the-llf-condition-monitoring-technique-can-improve-manufactured-product-profitability Technological advances have allowed predictive maintenance (i.e., condition-based maintenance) to overtake preventive maintenance in plant operations. “Look, listen and feel (LLF)” is a condition monitoring technique that improves the reliability of equipment and machinery in manifolds. Redesign, simplify and demonstrate facts https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2017/november-2017/maintenance-and-reliability/redesign-simplify-and-demonstrate-facts The Petronor oil refinery is located in northeastern Spain. Recently, the facility converted its last rolling element-equipped machine from liquid oil lubrication to pure (“dry-sump”) oil mist. Analyzing axial cooling fans’ high noise, vibration and failures https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2017/august-2017/special-focus-fluid-flow-and-rotating-equipment/analyzing-axial-cooling-fans-high-noise-vibration-and-failures Shipping pumps with 1,800 hp are equipped with five cooling fans that cool the oil going to the lube oil pumps to lubricate the bearings. Equipment critical analysis: The need for an effective maintenance program https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2017/may-2017/special-focus-maintenance-and-reliability/equipment-critical-analysis-the-need-for-an-effective-maintenance-program Oil refineries and large petrochemical plants contain thousands of pieces of process and utilities equipment that are subject to wear, erosion, deterioration, aging, etc., resulting in increasing breakdowns and outages. Imagine being a maintenance engineer and receiving 50 work orders during an overhaul with a limited budget, time, labor, spare parts, tools, machines, etc. How does that engineer prioritize the work?