Environment & Safety

Selecting the right rotary control valve

The primary function of a control valve is to regulate flow. Accurate, consistent and reliable performance of this task affects many important process unit or plant metrics,

Fired heaters in the process industries: Optimizing operations and minimizing emissions

Finnan, K., Meyer, E., Yokogawa Corp. of America

The process industries, which include chemicals, metals and mining, oil and gas, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, and refining, are very energy intensive

Business Trends: A sustainable future—Unraveled

Gentry, J., Sulzer GTC Technology

With the prominence in the oil and gas industry around sustainability, it is worthwhile to examine what it means to be “sustainable.”

Engineering Case Histories: Case 110: A checklist for vibration analysis

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Periodically, I receive questions from engineers around the world on why a piece of critical machinery is vibrating excessively.

Increase uptime by reducing systematic failure risk

Siew, H., Endress+Hauser

Pondering the history of industrial incidents, it would be incorrect to assume that most failures occur randomly.

Reboiler pinch: An approach to optimize flare system design during FEED

Amin, H., Saudi Aramco; Dhote, P., Kanade, S., Siemens

A process plant’s pressure relief and flare systems are critical safety elements.

Achieve process safety, asset integrity and reliability with an integrated HAZOP study

Chakravorty, S. L., Independent Consultant

Abnormal situations in refining and petrochemical plant operations can interfere with plant reliability and efficient operations, especially for highly complex processes.

Optimize flare gas recovery system design to reduce emissions

Lu, S.-G, CTCI, Corp.

Emissions from flares worsen air quality and produce waste gas. A flare gas recovery system is designed to facilitate CO2 reduction.

Protect your assets and our environment

Ruitenberg, R., Nalco Water, an Ecolab company

Process cooling usually comprises the largest part of the water footprint of a refinery or petrochemical plant.

FTO: An enabling emission control technology for petrochemical plant expansions

Armstrong, P., Predatsch, E., Selas-Linde North America

For the petrochemical industry, the U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) has the locational advantage of proximity to cheap feedstock, and to an abundance of pipeline infrastructure and terminals for export markets.