Americas

Simplification reduces risks and cuts costs

Bozick, A., Victaulic

A facility’s ability to operate safely is the determining factor in its success or failure.

Refining: Winning strategies for oil producers

Gelder, A., Wood Mackenzie

The prospect of peak oil demand will put pressure on resource-rich national oil companies (NOCs).

Editorial Comment

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Each May, Hydrocarbon Processing focuses on the topic of maintenance and reliability.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, Asia, the Middle East and the US contain 66% of all active downstream construction projects globally.

Industry Perspectives

Over the past several years, new gas processing/LNG capacity has surged in nearly every region.

Advanced steam system optimization program

Hou, A., Mita, T., TLV International Inc.

The steam system forms an integral part of the safe, reliable and profitable operation of a process plant. Steam constitutes approximately 30% of the energy used in a typical petroleum refinery.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database and HPI Market Data 2018, total capital expenditures (CAPEX) in the global petrochemical sector are more than $440 B.

Petrochemicals: Ethylene and polyethylene— An outlook to 2022

Kirby, P., Hussain, A., PCI Wood Mackenzie

The first petrochemical-based production of ethylene occurred nearly a century ago. Since then, the industry has undergone a momentous evolution.

Editorial Comment: Petrochemicals—Advancing production for modern life

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing is devoted primarily to the topic of petrochemicals; and rightly so.