Environment & Safety

Bringing treatments to a boil

The function of a boiler is simple. It boils water to produce steam, which, in turn, provides energy.

Considerations for not providing a dedicated spare pressure-relief device

Namilakonda, P. K., Samsung Engineering

Pressure-relief devices play a critical role in the hydrocarbon processing industry.

Sensitivity analysis of a plug flow reactor

Laturkar, K., Facility for Rare Isotope Beams; Laturkar, K., Validation Associates LLC

A sensitivity analysis study evaluates uncertainties in a model’s output based on the changes in the input parameters of the model.

Save energy and reduce CO2 emissions with closed-loop optimization of utilities networks

Lodolo, S., Aspen Technology

Oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical companies face the difficult challenge of maximizing profitability while achieving aggressive decarbonization objectives set for 2030 and beyond.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1960s: Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes

Overview of decarbonization pathways for the oil and gas and petrochemical industries—Part 1

Buehler, J., Petrogenium, Buehler Consulting

This two-part article will cover the seven pathways to decarbonizing the oil and gas and petrochemical industries.

Circular Economy: Innovative recycling, driving circularity while decarbonizing the petrochemical industry

Plastic pollution’s environmental challenges, as well as new government legislation, are having a significant impact on the plastics industry.

Editorial Comment: Pathways towards a more sustainable HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Among the dominant, far-reaching themes within the global refining and petrochemicals industries are the increase in biofeedstocks processing to produce biofuels and greener petrochemicals, the continued push towards clean fuels production, regulations and initiatives to adhere to net-zero emissions targets, and a surge in capital investments to build renewables and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) plants.

Mechanical impact of rerating process equipment

Rupesh, S., Independent Consultant

Process equipment operating in a brownfield environment is often rerated pertaining to the changes in process parameters during debottlenecking.

Use straightforward troubleshooting and failure analysis to benefit the HPI

Paradies, M., System Improvements, Inc.; Bloch, H. P., Process Machinery Consulting

To operate reliably and profitably, oil refineries, petrochemical plants and gas processing facilities must avoid equipment failures.