Desulfurization

Editorial Comment: Is the refining market oversupplied, or is the capacity needed?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past two years, the editorial comment in our September issue has focused on the topic of overcapacity in the global refining sector.

ESAI Energy: IMO sulfur content cap will destroy fuel oil demand

In its recent 5-yr outlook on petroleum products, ESAI Energy examines the implementation of the International Marine Organization’s (IMO) 0.5% sulfur content cap on bunker fuels, which is slated to take effect globally in 2020.

Boxscore Construction Analysis: The state of the global downstream construction sector

Balboa, B., Gulf Publishing Company

In May, Lee Nichols, Editor and Associate Publisher of Hydrocarbon Processing and Gas Processing, presented a detailed, year-to-date trend analysis and review on new and active downstream construction projects around the world.

Editorial Comment: Is the industry ready for IMO 2020?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-July, hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) professionals from around the world met in Houston, Texas for Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Petrochemical and Refining Conference (IRPC).

Viewpoint: The future of India’s refining capacity and the rise of clean fuels

Kanwar, R., Contributing Writer; Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

India is emerging as the world’s new oil demand center, with burgeoning consumption providing huge potential for downstream oil and gas growth. With a GDP ranked in the top 10 globally and a large, growing population, India has seen continuous increases in demand for energy in all forms.

Global: The future growth of Argentina’s oil and gas industry hinges on additional investments

Nogarin, M., Contributing Writer

Attracting new investments is vital to revive the Argentine oil industry. It is essential to involve multinationals, due to the lack of financial resources of the Argentinian government. The modernization of the country’s downstream infrastructure is crucial to improve productivity, and the nation will need international support to obtain profitable results.

Installation of liquid sulfur degassing processes in existing SRUs

Van Grinsven, R., Van Son, M., Jacobs Comprimo Sulfur Solutions

Over the last 35 yr, more companies worldwide have installed liquid sulfur degassing processes in their sulfur recovery units (SRUs) to minimize the dangers of the release of hydrogen sulfide from the produced elemental sulfur.

Industry Perspectives: What is the solution to comply with the IMO’s Global Sulfur Cap regulation?

In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that it will implement a new regulation that calls for the sulfur content in marine fuels to be reduced from 3.5% to 0.5%.

Driving innovation in the downstream: IRPC returns to New Delhi

Adrienne Blume, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Publishing Company and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to announce that IRPC 2017 will be held April 18–20 in New Delhi.

Editorial Comment: Corrosion prevention starts at fabrication

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Preventing corrosion begins with the choice of materials and methods used to fabricate the equipment, piping, valves and instruments that will be exposed to varying process conditions and weather. At present, designers and fabricators can select from a multitude of modern materials and methods. Once in service, effective asset integrity programs will use smart condition monitoring and, where needed, a treatment regime to sustain the useful working life of all components. In the Special Focus section of this issue, we provide several articles that illustrate good practices in vessel fabrication, corrosivity analysis and corrosion prevention treatment.