HP Global: Shale revolution will help US chemical industry soar to new heights

Swift, T. K., American Chemistry Council

Global manufacturing entered a soft period in 2012, with particular weakness in Europe and East Asia. The manufacturing sector represents the primary customer base for chemistry. The global industrial..

HP Petrochemicals: Coal re-emerges as a primary petrochemical feedstock

Velson, J., Nexant Consulting

Coal-to-chemicals routes are now an important and viable option for producers in China and beyond. Those that look upon them as atavistic dinosaurs do so at their peril.

HP Viewpoint: Ethylene production growth drives new global industry standards

Laugier, J. P., Technip

Operators that understand global market drivers and the latest technologies will provide the best solutions to improve their profitability and comply with the latest HSE rules.

Keep liquid analysis invisible in refineries

Joseph, D., Rosemount Analytical

The hidden heroes of hydrocarbon processing plants are the liquid analyzers, especially the pH and conductivity loops. Unlike their flashier cousins in gas analysis, these analyzers operate behind the..

Convert heavy oil residue into synthetic fuel

Kresnyak, S., Price, S., Wagner, J., Expander Energy

Over the past several decades, oil extractors and refiners have been maximizing the production of easy-to-drill, high-quality light sweet oil, mostly concentrated on the Arabian Peninsula. With “..

Catalyst demand to increase over the next five years

The Freedonia Group, Inc., HP Editorial Staff

The global demand for petroleum refining, chemical synthesis and polymerization catalysts will rise 5.8 %/yr to $19.5 billion in 2016, as listed in Table 1. The growth is directly related to increasin..

Russian refiners use oxygenates to preserve octane

Levinbuk, M., RAS, A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas; Kuznetsov, S. E., OAO Gazprom Neft; Zolotarev, A. S., Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas

A case study was conducted regarding the physical and chemical properties of key gasoline oxygenates, such as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), tertiary amyl methyl ether (TAME) and other blending components.

Improve the isomerization of alkanes by catalytic distillation

The isomerization of light gasoline fractions is crucial to producing high-octane fuels and to reducing the benzene content in gasoline. One of the most promising options for isomerization is catalytic distillation.

Project management: Construction of modern-day hydrogen capacity in the Middle East

Shahani, G., Shahani, S., Crisler, M., Kogan, L., Linde Engineering North America, Inc.

Refining heavier and high-sulfur crude oils consumes high volumes of hydrogen (H2). Most refineries have exhausted process-based H2 supplies and must use on-purpose sources. This article follows the d..

HP Editorial Comment: What’s next for the energy industry?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Year-end always leads to insightful predictions for the upcoming 12 months and possibly some longer-term insights. In writing this editorial at the end of December, HP reviewed several 2014 outlooks t..