Construction

Oil refinery/petrochemical integration in a CO2-constrained world—Part 1

Petrochemical demand will increase with gross domestic product, while motor fuel demand will only show modest growth and may even decline in certain regions, given environmental/legislative pressure and the introduction of battery-powered electric vehicles.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month, Hydrocarbon Processing presented its mid-year market update to a global audience.

Evaluation of high-strength steel SA-517-Gr-F for large pressure vessels

Chaudhari, A., Kulkarni, M., BASF Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd.

Conventionally, carbon steel material has been widely used around the globe for the fabrication of static equipment—such as tall towers, vessels, heat exchangers, etc.—for less-corrosive service.

Execution features of modularization projects

Chuang, R., Fan, A., CTCI Corp.

Due to growing global environmental awareness in recent decades, the petrochemical industries have been seeking more cost-effective construction solutions.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,100 projects around the world.

Fix nozzle elevations and orientations for distillation columns

Dixit, P., Consultant

An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor receives a front-end engineering design (FEED) package or basic design and engineering package as an input document from the owner.

Why EPC firms are accelerating digitalization

Donnelly, P., AspenTech

Even before the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms were already under considerable stress.

Reverse refining: A novel approach to the refining process

Echenagucia, J. E., Heatoil Solutions LLC

The crude oil refining processing sequence is based on the separation of distillate products from heavier ones and concentrating the heavy molecules of the barrel for processing at the end of the refining run.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This month, Hydrocarbon Processing will be hosting two events—one to showcase the latest in processing technologies in the refining and petrochemicals markets, and the other to provide an update on the latest trends, initiatives and capital project investments in the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).

Innovations

Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What are the latest advancements in HPI technologies? This month’s Innovations section details the tools and technologies that are optimizing plant operations.