Greenhouse Gases

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its second annual awards.

Viewpoint: Toward a world of cleaner fuels

Pegler, J., Puma Energy

Fuel is a necessary requirement of global economic development.

Viewpoint: Electric vehicles vs. the perfect battery

Liebert, R., Honeywell UOP

It is no surprise that electric vehicles (EVs) are getting a lot more attention, now that carmakers have announced plans to increase production of them.

Industry Metrics

Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Reduced refinery output caused by planned and unplanned refinery outages, and record-breaking gasoline export levels and strong diesel inventory drawdowns, drove US margins to a record 3-yr high in April.

Novel FCC technologies based on reaction chemistry of catalytic cracking

Xie C., Wei, X., Gong, J., Long, J., SINOPEC Engineering Inc.

The increased use of opportunity crude oils in refinery processing, the growing demand for light fuel, and the efficient conversion of petroleum resources to refined fuels and basic chemical raw materials have become the basis of green and low-carbon refining technology developments.

Energy losses from the radiant firebox wall of pyrolysis furnaces

Bueno, A., Regueira, V., Braskem S.A.; Leite, L., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

The steam cracking unit is highly energy demanding, requiring high-severity pyrolysis furnaces to break the carbon-carbon bonds, as well as high pressure for the purification of its products.

Editorial Comment: The future of refining—sulfur need not apply

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to multiple industry reports, crude oil consumption will continue to increase over the short term.

Editorial Comment: Biofuels—A viable fuel source for the future?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing focuses on the use of alternative feedstocks and biofuels. The goal of utilizing these technologies is to produce fuels and products that lower total carbon output/emissions, which is a major focus in decarbonizing economies around the world.

2018 Industry Leaders’ Viewpoints

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

To kick off the new year, industry leaders and esteemed colleagues shared their viewpoints on 2018 and beyond with Hydrocarbon Processing. These viewpoints offer insight into growing regions of activity, technological advances, and how the downstream industry can innovate in 2018 and into the future.

Maximizing energy efficiency in paraxylene production—Part 2

Colling, C., BP AMOCO

Due to reduced margins, higher energy costs and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide content, energy efficiency has never been more important in refining and petrochemicals. This is particularly true in the modern aromatics complex, which produces paraxylene (pX), benzene and other aromatics from naphtha.