Environment & Safety

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.

How to support condition monitoring with wireless instrumentation networks

Cureton, A., Emerson

When WirelessHART first hit the market in 2008, most of the native devices using it were process measurement instruments.

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.

Optimizing methanol plant operations through minimal capital investments

Soto, J., Methanex Corp.

In the constant search for improvement, Methanex has developed a state-of-the-art project to improve plant operation at its methanol production facility in Punta Arenas, Chile (FIG. 1).

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.

Applying tools to strengthen safety and risk management

Pinto, N., Emerson

The same characteristics that make hydrocarbons useful as fuels can also make refineries, and any other areas where processing or storage takes place, potentially dangerous.

Driving higher return with fuel-grade butanol at the refinery

Giles, J., Dow

Since the advent of the combustion engine, gasoline and automobile manufacturers have utilized additives as a means of improving overall fuel characteristics.

Hydrocarbon Processing Top Project Awards 2020

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.