EU refining industry struggles to remain competitive in 2014

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For European refiners, the economic situation remains clouded. The 2008 global recession sent this region into a financial downward spiral. Conditions are improving, but they still lag behind other de..

How to make anything with a catalytic cracker

Dean, C., High Olefins FCC Technology Services, LLC; Letzsch, W. S., Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology

Various refined products can be produced via an FCCU only with changes in operating condition, different feedstocks and advanced/specialty catalyst choices.

Case history: Modernization of Russia’s refining industry—Part 1

Levinbuk, M., RAS, A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas; Galkin, V. V., Makhiyanov, V., Gazprom Neft

Russian laws governing transportation fuels and crude oil have undergone many changes. These regulatory changes will involve the revamping of Russia’s refining industry. At present, this nation h..

Russian straight-run fuel oil supply collapse complicates Gulf Coast feedstock choices

Reed, A., ESAI Energy

In the next couple of years, collapsing Russian supply of straight-run fuel oil (SRFO) will undermine foreign supply of feedstock to the US Gulf Coast.

Innovative catalyst solution mitigates FCC operational issue

Ismail, S., Neuman, D., BASF Corp.; Sexton, J., Larsen, N., Highfield, J., Marathon Petroleum Company, LP

Marathon Petroleum Co.’s (MPC’s) Catlettsburg fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) experienced a catalyst circulation constraint due to partial blockage of an intra-regenerator standpipe. Th..

HP Editorial Comment: The silent assassin: Corrosion

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This month’s special report focuses on corrosion. Often, uncontrolled corrosion undermines the mechanical integrity of process equipment and infrastructure. It is often identified as the root cau..

Catalyst demand to increase over the next five years

The Freedonia Group, Inc., HP Editorial Staff

The global demand for petroleum refining, chemical synthesis and polymerization catalysts will rise 5.8 %/yr to $19.5 billion in 2016, as listed in Table 1. The growth is directly related to increasin..

HCN distribution in sour water systems

Weiland, R., Hatcher, N. A., Optimized Gas Treating, Inc.; Jones, C. E., Optimized Gas Treating

Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is commonly present in refinery gases. Because of its low volatility and, to some extent, its acidity, it travels through amine and sour water systems in an unusual and, heretof..

HP Forecast: HPI Market Data 2014 Executive Summary

Romanow, Stephany, DuBose, Ben, Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This summary provides a "sneak peek" at Hydrocarbon Processing's HPI Market Data 2014. This comprehensive report investigates present and projected future trends in refining, natural gas and petrochemical industries. Topics include spending forecasts and construction projects derived from HP's Construction Boxscore database; global and regional changes in energy production and use; and developments in oil and natural gas processing. HPI Market Data 2014 also covers trends in economics, plant safety and the environment. This annual report is the hydrocarbon processing industry's premier source of market information for professionals working in the downstream.

Catalyst systems offer flexibility for hydroprocessing applications

Olsen, C. W., Torchia, D., Advanced Refining Technologies; Shiflett, W. K., Advanced Refining Technologies, LP; Brossard, D., Chevron Lummus Global

Refinersa re strongly motivated to evaluate and select premier catalyst systems for the production of both diesel products from their hydrocracking and diesel treating units.