Compressors

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Selecting flare gas recovery system for a greenfield refinery

Chaudhuri, S., Sengupta, S., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

Overall energy management and operational conservation have become crucial factors for profitability in today’s refining segment.

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.

Advancing export terminal technology: An optimized process for the refrigeration of cryogenic hydrocarbons

Ethane production in North America (NA) has expanded dramatically with the onset of shale production and associated hydraulic fracturing. Ethane concentrations in fractured shale gas are typically 10% or higher vs. a traditional range of 4%–7% in associated gas.

Maximizing energy efficiency in paraxylene production—Part 2

Colling, C., BP AMOCO

Due to reduced margins, higher energy costs and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide content, energy efficiency has never been more important in refining and petrochemicals. This is particularly true in the modern aromatics complex, which produces paraxylene (pX), benzene and other aromatics from naphtha.

Burckhardt Compression awarded revamp contract at PAZ refinery

The Israeli government tightened its health, safety and environment (HSE) regulations so that they now reflect the highest level in this field. As a result, PAZ Ashdod Refinery had to revamp their existing process gas compressors for hydrogen application in order to be compliant with the new strict HSE standards.

Connecting rod failure in a new reciprocating gas compressor

Zardynezhad, S., Contributing Writer

Compressor failure in an oil refinery can have severe consequences on health, safety and the environment.

Balanced oil sealing solution reduces lube oil leakage at compressor drive train

Langela, M., STASSKOL GmbH

Reciprocating compressors use a piston rod connected to a drive train at the crosshead section.

Process safety incidents involving simultaneous operations

Baybutt, P., Primatech, Inc.

Some process safety incidents occur as the result of simultaneous or sequential occurrences of operations or activities that interfere or clash with each other.

Minimize engineering errors with competency and proper engineering review

Tharakan, J., Suncor Energy Inc.

Industry has seen numerous engineering errors during the commissioning phase of projects.