Gasification

HP Impact: US LNG exports to alter Asian gas market

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gas buyers in Japan and South Korea are expected to benefit most from potential liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, while Australian producers and European wholesalers could be under pressure. The tw..

HP Impact: US electricity demand sinks, while coal captures market share from gas

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US electricity demand in April 2013 was the lowest monthly demand the country has seen in three years, as April temperatures trended warmer for the East Coast and West Coast, while a core of well-belo..

HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: Jurong Island—Asia’s preemptive LNG trading hub?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the South Pacific, the artificial island of Jurong Island is the heart of Singapore’s energy and chemicals industry. It houses over 100 leading global petroleum, petrochemicals and specialty c..

HP Associations: EMGC 2013 explores Eastern Mediterranean resource potential

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Publishing Company held its inaugural Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference (EMGC) at the Hilton Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus, from April 8–10. The event surpassed expectations in terms of both ..

HP Impact: Asia-Pacific natural gas market transformation

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Amid the Asia-Pacific region’s growing reliance on imports, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) identifies obstacles and opportunities for establishing a gas market that reflects ..

HP Impact: Shale gas possible catalyst for US export growth

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) recently released a report in which it stated that the US chemical manufacturing sector is one of the most important beneficiaries of the surplus of inexpensive na..

New residue-upgrading complex achieves Euro 5 specifications

de Haan, D., Criterion Catalysts and Technologies; Street, M., Shell Global Solutions International BV; Orzeszko, G., Grupa LOTOS Gdańsk refinery

In late 2010, Grupa LOTOS SA completed construction of a major residue-upgrading project at its refinery in Gdańsk, Poland. Its 10+ Program was designed to unlock a step change in the facility’s long-term profitability. After two years of operating, this project has had a profound effect on the refinery’s economics.

Select new production strategies for FCC light cycle oil

Selective adjustments to FCC operating variables and catalyst quality can significantly increase LCO production, which refiners can then upgrade into diesel blendstock.

Use an innovative cracking catalyst to upgrade residue feedstock

Tamoil’s Collombey refinery worked very close with a new catalyst supplier to remove the main operating constraint and significantly improve the unit profitability. Several project goals were set and attained.

HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: 2013 global construction outlook

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The downstream industry is investing billions of dollars in the development and construction of grassroots facilities, along with expansions and upgrades to existing plants.