Compressors

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Case study for a high-performing refinery loss control program

Valentine, J., Emerson Automation Solutions; Videla, R., YPF

Most refineries have some sort of mass balance and loss control program in place for accounting, planning and scheduling, as well as for financial and operational evaluation purposes.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Alfa Laval has introduced wide-opening design plates in its Packinox heat exchangers.

Understand net gas compressor control logic from a process engineering standpoint

Hong, R., Chang, G. S., GS Engineering and Construction

In a refinery or petrochemical plant, certain equipment can create “gray areas” between process engineers and instrument engineers.

Resolving vibration problems in a crude booster pump

The pumps referred to in this article are 2,600-HP vertical pumps utilized as booster pumps for the shipment of crude oil.

Confirm best practices for compressed air in refineries

Jett, R., Valin Corp.

Within a refinery, four main utilities are considered essential to operations: electricity, natural gas, water and compressed air.

Maintenance and turnaround planning critical to successful ejector vacuum system operation

Johnson, E., Graham Corp.

Steam ejector vacuum systems are generally considered to be reliable and require little maintenance.

Fouling mitigation strategies for process gas compressors in olefins plants

Eteng, O. C., Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Ltd.

Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals’ olefins plant in Port Harcourt, Nigeria is designed to produce 300,000 tpy of polymer-grade ethylene and 126,000 tpy of polymer-grade propylene through the pyrolysis or thermal cracking of natural gas liquids (NGL).

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.