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Improve the operation of fired heaters

Malhotra, K., S & B Engineers and Constructors Ltd.

Fired heaters or “process furnaces” are used extensively by the refining and petrochemical industries. These heat transfer units generate the much needed process energy through the combustio..

HP Petrochemicals: PVC process gets technology and control updates

McGinn, S., World Oil

KBR has formed an alliance to sell the exclusive license for JNC Corp.’s PVC process technology, which it inherited from CHISSO Corp.’s business, a pioneer in the Japanese chemical industry.

Which margin levers impact Group I and Group II base stock competitiveness? Part 1

Moncrieff, I., Kline and Co., Inc.

As much as the lubricants industry might wish it otherwise, base stocks production is becoming more commoditized, and it is intertwined inextricably with mainstream refining operations. The vast major..

Keep liquid analysis invisible in refineries

Joseph, D., Rosemount Analytical

The hidden heroes of hydrocarbon processing plants are the liquid analyzers, especially the pH and conductivity loops. Unlike their flashier cousins in gas analysis, these analyzers operate behind the..

HP Integration Strategies: Could remanufactured control components place HPI plants at risk?

Clayton, D., ARC Advisory Group

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) must address a number of potentially catastrophic safety issues. One issue, in particular, is the growing use of remanufactured equipment and components from ..

Investigate power limitations in a large steam turbine

Ghaisas, N., Fluor Canada Ltd.

An investigation was carried out to rectify power limitations for a steam-turbine driver of a cracked-gas compressor (CGC) in a world-class ethylene plant.DescriptionThe turbine is a nine-stage, impul..

HP Reliability: How the best lubricant provides added value

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In November 2012, a highly competent lubrication engineer and I met again at the ExxonMobil Maintenance and Productivity Improvement Symposium in San Antonio, Texas. We talked about the small, but pes..

HP Integration Strategies: The energy water nexus

Miller, Paul, ARC Advisory Group

Whether or not you subscribe to the global warming and “peak oil” arguments, it is clear to almost everyone in the industrial world that “business as usual” is not sustainable inde..

Prevent external corrosion of boiler tubes under refractory lining

Maity, M., Biramov, K., Al-Zahrani, E., SABIC Technology Centre; Kareem, M. A., Eastern Petrochemical Co.

A leak developed on the water wall for several boiler tubes within five months of the commissioning of a plant boiler. In this case, the boiler tubes were partially covered with a castable refractory ..

Control moisture problems in slurry-based polyolefin operations

Mitra, S., University of Newcastle

Proper moisture removal from the polymerization-reaction medium is key to successfully operating a HDPE plant designed on low-pressure, slurry-process technology.

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