Economics

Safety: Do companies have the right tools to make proactive safety decisions?

Brewer, C., Sphera

A process safety management/operational risk management survey conducted by Sphera in 2020 polled respondents on the following items.

Risk: Escaping the “cyclone market” in downstream energy

Puro, D. H., ProSight

To say that the downstream energy sector is facing a time of unprecedented challenge would be the understatement of the decade.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

With the increasing prominence of hydrogen technologies circulating into the global market, Gulf Energy Information—publisher of Hydrocarbon Processing and Gas Processing & LNG—has launched our latest publication: H2Tech.

Hydrocarbons face toughest challenge yet

Ketelaars, F., DNV GL Oil and Gas

Over the next 30 yr, the globe’s energy ecosystem—where fossil fuels dominate and renewables play catch-up—will evolve exponentially, as efforts intensify to curb carbon emissions and mitigate the detrimental impact of climate change.

FCC NOx reduction methods: Complying with regulations without capital investment

Hobbins, P., Placid Refining Co.; Blair, H., Hochheiser, T., Johnson Matthey

As fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions regulations become increasingly strict, refiners are driven to find the most economic compliance option.

Editorial Comment: Will 2021 be a rebound year?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Needless to say, 2020 was an unprecedented year.

Ras Tanura: The creation of a clean-fuels complex

The primary objective of the Ras Tanura Refinery Clean Fuels Project is to enable the Ras Tanura refinery—the largest refinery in Saudi Arabia—to produce transportation fuels that will be compliant with future specifications.

Optimize the selection of sulfur unit blocks and process technology combinations

Park, G. W., Kuwait Oil Co.

Since the 1940s, the present form of the Claus sulfur recovery unit (SRU) has been successfully applied in the refining and gas processing industries.

Executive Viewpoint: How digital transformation improves safety and reduces emissions

Carugo, M., Global Refining and Chemical Programs

Digital transformation is a strategy for improving performance by applying technologies for measurement, connectivity, data storage, analytics and visualization

Business Trends: Why we value engineering data

In the 21st century, one cannot escape the concept of data.