Asia/Pacific

Indonesia tests biodiesel in cars amid push for palm oil consumption

Indonesia began testing biodiesel with a bio-content of 30% in cars, its energy ministry said, as the Southeast Asian nation pushes to boost local markets for its vast palm oil crop.

Air-cooled steam surface condenser case study: Retrofit vs. revamp

Pramanik, R., Srinath, N. R., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

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.

Executive Viewpoint: Trends in the global process furnace market

Whether it is heating process fluids to achieve enough temperature in crude atmospheric and vacuum distillation units, or reaction temperatures inside furnace tubes to produce ethylene, vinyl chloride monomer, synthetic gas and continuous catalytic reformer reactors, or simple process heating (thermal fluid), process furnaces play a critical role in refineries and petrochemical complexes.

Construction

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Sinochem Hongrun Petrochemical Co. Ltd. will use Honeywell UOP’s ionic liquids alkylation technology to produce high-octane, cleaner-burning transportation fuels.

Business Trends: Sustainability: Clean fuels—The advancement to zero sulfur

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In April, Hydrocarbon Processing launched the first iteration of its HP Sustainability webcast series.

Business Trends: HPI construction: Capital expenditures remain above $1.8 T

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) nears the middle of 2019, Hydrocarbon Processing is providing an assessment of the global midstream/downstream processing industries’ capital investments.

Industry Perspectives: The evolution of the downstream

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In Hydrocarbon Processing’s April issue, the editorial comment focused on advancing ideas in the downstream processing industries.

Workforce: What is the state of the global petrochemicals workforce?

Marx, J., Airswift; Peet, H., Energy Jobline

Since its inception 3 yr ago, the Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) has aimed to deliver valuable insights on the needs, concerns and desires of the energy workforce to enhance recruitment and retention strategies.

Viewpoint: Downstream expansions will accelerate needed production growth

Al-Judaimi, A. M., Saudi Aramco

Two transformative drivers—global economic growth averaging more than 3%/yr and the world population expanding to more than 9 B by 2040—will have the net effect of adding another India and China to today’s global energy demand.

Asia: Japanese refining moves towards consolidation and increased efficiency

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

According to recent statements of leading Japanese analysts in the field of refining and the country’s largest producers, the Japanese refining industry is moving towards consolidation and an increase in efficiency.