Asia/Pacific

Flexibility in desalting operations for opportunity crudes

Mejias, I., Liu, Y., Boul, J., Collins, T., Forum Process Technologies

Typically, opportunity crudes require more rigorous desalting to yield high-quality products due to high levels of naphthenic acids, basic sediment and water (BS&W) and filterable solids, among others.

Composite ionic liquid alkylation technology gives high product yield and selectivity

Liu, Z., Zhang, R., Meng, X., Liu, H., Xu, C., China University of Petroleum; Zhang, X., Beijing Zhongshi Aojie Petroleum Technology Co. Ltd.; Chung, W., Well Resources Inc.

Global sentiment has been moving toward a call to develop innovative technologies that address environmental preservation and limit the use of hazardous materials.

Editorial Comment: It’s all in the makeup of things

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing features a topic that has been addressed in sections of the magazine for several decades, but has never been a focal point of the publication. That topic is materials manufacturing.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking more than 1,700 projects around the world.

Industry Perspectives: HPI project announcements analysis shows decline over past 3 yr

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, more than 870 new projects have been announced since 2015.

Petrochemicals: Asia to lead growth in the aliphatic hydrocarbon solvents and thinners market

Sakhrani, V., Markets and Markets

A variety of aliphatic hydrocarbon solvents and thinners are being consumed globally. Preferences for one solvent over another depend on various factors, such as solvency, evaporation rate, boiling point, viscosity and surface tension.

Japan plans maintenance at seven naphtha crackers in 2018

TOKYO (Reuters) — Seven naphtha crackers in Japan are expected to be shut in 2018 for scheduled maintenance, industry and company sources said.

Japan's Idemitsu, Showa Shell to combine crude loading programs

TOKYO (Reuters) — Japanese oil refiners Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell Sekiyu have started work to integrate the so-called loading programs through which they purchase crude, Idemitsu's CEO said.

China says will limit oil, refined product exports to N.Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) — China's Commerce Ministry said on Friday it will limit exports of crude oil, refined oil products, steel and other metals to North Korea, in line with tough new sanctions imposed by the United Nations for Pyongyang's missile tests.

Singapore fuel oil stocks drop despite shrinking exports

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Singapore weekly onshore fuel oil inventories fell 10%, or 2.462 MMbbl (about 367 Mt), to a two-week low of 22.728 MMbbl (3.392 MMt) in the week ended Jan. 3, data from International Enterprise (IE) Singapore showed on Thursday.