Economics

Viewpoint: The NOC-on-effect—Transforming the face of the refining industry

George, S., Routt, M., KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.

A new era of game-changing competition is about to take over and transform the refining industry as we know it.

Turbomachinery: Increase rotating equipment uptime with laser shaft alignment

Silveira, J. D., Nexxis

The cost of failing to properly align shafts or belts on rotating machinery adds up to more than the need to physically fix damaged machinery.

Editorial Comment: IRPC EurAsia—A roadmap to advancing ideas

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to the editors of Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing industry will witness substantial growth in new refining, petrochemical and gas processing/LNG capacities over the next several years.

Onsite

Steve Elliott, Senior Director of Marketing, Schneider Electric, explained how Triconex safety solutions can help to actively manage the profitability of process operations at Triconex’s User Group event.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US markets weakened despite positive performance at the middle of the barrel due to considerable gasoil and jet/kero inventory drawdowns.

Industry Perspectives: What challenges will 2019 bring to the global HPI?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the December 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, we detailed our editorial opinion on the most likely route that shippers will take to adhere to new International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulfur regulations.

Maximizing existing xylene loop profitability

Sakaguchi, T., Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd.; Molinier, M., ExxonMobil

Paraxylene (PX) separation is an energy-intensive process, as are most industrial chemical separations.

Improving resource efficiency of industrial processes with TOP-REF methodology—Part 1

Radatz, H., Schembecker, G., TU Dortmund University; Raffray, G., Sellis, D., The CoSMo Company SAS; Boto, F., Echeverria, Z., Fundación Tecnalia Research and Innovation; Carrion, A., Herce, C., Oto, F., Fundación CIRCE—Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos; Gil, A., University of Zaragoza; Arias, A., Borrego, R., DOW Chemical Co.; Romero, J., Fertinagro Nutrientes S.L.; Jacinto, J. T., Petróleos de Portugal

The processing industry consumes significant amounts of resources, such as materials and energy, to produce valuable goods for society.

Industry Perspectives: IMO 2020—What is your say?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 2020, new International Maritime Organization (IMO) marine fuel regulations will go into effect.

Digital: Seize the benefits of digitalization

Broadbent, M., Wood Mackenzie

Digitalization has been making waves in the energy space, with upstream companies leading the trend with technology that improves efficiency, cuts costs and boosts margins.