Europe

AI: How AI and machine learning benefit refineries and petrochemical plants

Welsh, T., AX Control

Embedding machines with artificial intelligence (AI) allows them to learn from their past experiences.

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.

Business Trends: The case for teaching competence—Part 2

Brister, D., Shea Capability & Compliance Solutions; Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Readers who have had the misfortune of being drawn into debates over the precise definitions of words or terms might agree that much time can be lost in unproductive squabbling.

Extended vapor cloud analysis methodology—Part 2

Myers, P. E., Trotter, B., PEMY Consulting

The Buncefield explosion in the UK was the worst post-World War 2 fire/explosion incident.

USB threat vector trends and implications for industrial operators

Knapp, E., Honeywell

These are interesting times for universal serial bus (USB) security.

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.

Europe: Russia to fight for global oil products market despite sanctions pressure

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

Russia plans to significantly increase its oil products to foreign markets, despite the ongoing pressure of Western sanctions and the complex situation in the country’s domestic refining industry, according to recent statements by representatives of Russia’s leading oil corporations and senior officials of the country’s Ministry of Energy.

Editorial Comment: HPI spending in 2019 forecast at $375 B

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Regulations, feedstock advantages, supply/demand gaps, etc., are resulting in a surge of new capital investments around the world.

Extended vapor cloud analysis methodology—Part 1

Myers, P. E., Trotter, B., PEMY Consulting

The Buncefield explosion was the worst post World War 2 fire/explosion incident.

Capital projects are making a comeback, but are EPC firms ready?

Donnelly, P., AspenTech

After several years of cutting costs to align to the reality of fewer and smaller capital projects, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms are now forging ahead as the industry recovers.