Environment & Safety

Africa: New maritime emissions rules to impact Africa’s downstream sector

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

As the 2020 deadline set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the implementation of low-carbon shipping regulations inches closer, African refineries are still grappling with the question of how to finance the upgrading of oil processing plants to enable them to produce the required low-sulfur marine fuels and reduce reliance on noncompliant import fuels for powering the region’s shipping industry.

High-reliability organizing for a new paradigm in safety

Hanik, P., Pretium Innovation LLC; Hausmann, R., University of Houston

Should the chemical industry be satisfied with its existing safety programs, or is change needed to create a new paradigm?

Integrating fire and gas safety with process control systems: Why, what and how

Crosley, B., Indgjer, M., Det-Tronics

If a fire, smoke or gas leak is detected in a hydrocarbon processing facility, prescriptive actions must be taken by the fire and gas (F&G) safety system, as well as by the process control system (PCS), to mitigate and control the hazard.

Built-up backpressure at the outlet flange of a pressure relief valve

Cordero, G. O., Techint Engineering & Construction

Even for pressure relief valves (PRVs) discharging directly to the atmosphere through short tailpipes, API 520 Part 11 warns that choked flow may develop at the outlet flange, resulting in high backpressure.

Building blocks of process safety

Dutta, H., Nayara Energy Ltd.

Major incidents continue to strike the oil and gas industry at regular intervals.

Business Trends: Understanding the viewpoints that shape the ever-evolving base oil landscape

Walko, T., ExxonMobil

In April, ExxonMobil launched its 2018 Basestocks Industry Pulse Report.

Industry Perspectives: Refining’s real growth is through secondary unit capacity

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to multiple industry reports, the global refining sector will add between 7 MMbpd and 8 MMbpd of new crude distillation unit (CDU) capacity by the early 2020s.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, there are nearly 470 active refining projects around the globe.

Editorial Comment: The reemergence of a collaborative platform

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Readers have witnessed that throughout the life of the publication, Hydrocarbon Processing has always published information on new technologies to increase efficiency, safety and profitability in downstream processing operations, while introducing techniques to decrease environmental footprint and emissions and produce high-quality, clean fuels and petroleum products for consumers around the world.

Tackle safety and environmental challenges for storage tank operators

Gudelek, V., ERGIL

Recent storage tank and industrial plant explosions around the world bring into focus the importance of engineering and building standards.