Hydrotreating

Driving innovation in the downstream: IRPC returns to New Delhi

Adrienne Blume, Hydrocarbon Processing

Gulf Publishing Company and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to announce that IRPC 2017 will be held April 18–20 in New Delhi.

Performance testing: The key to successful revamps

Lieberman, N., Process Improvement Engineering

Process unit revamps often do not result in a refiner achieving its desired objectives. This is typically not the result of mechanical defects with process equipment.

Enterprise to build isobutane dehydrogenation unit in Texas

HOUSTON -- Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced plans to construct a new isobutane dehydrogenation (“iBDH”) unit in Mont Belvieu, Texas that will have the capability to produce 425,000 tpy of isobutylene. The project, which is supported by long-term contracts with investment-grade customers, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. The isobutylene produced by the plant will provide the necessary feedstock to fill underutilized capacity at Enterprise’s existing downstream octane enhancement and petrochemical facilities.

ReTPac concept from MAN Diesel & Turbo recaptures market for refinery applications

Tailored specifically to the requirements of refinery operators, the modular and scalable turbomachinery concept combines centrifugal compressor and prime mover to a single-lift unit, serving refinery applications like hydrotreating and hydrocracking.

Axens technology licensed for Pertamina’s Balikpapan, Cilacap refineries

Axens signed several technology licensing agreements with Pertamina for its major expansion project to upgrade residue into gasoline in Balikpapan and for a new middle distillate hydrotreater in Cilacap.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Where large machines are in use and the overall processes depend on a smoothly functioning plant, companies often rely on fixed maintenance schedules and diagnostic tools.

Technip awarded EPC contract for ENOC refinery expansion

Technip will serve as the main EPC contractor for Emirates National Oil Co.’s $1 B expansion of its Jebel Ali refinery.

Freedonia Group: Global demand for refining catalysts to reach $4.7 B in 2020

Global demand for the refining catalysts market, which includes catalysts used in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), hydroprocessing, alkylation, reforming and other applications, is forecast to grow 3.6%/yr to $4.7 B in 2020.

Review of the CSB report on the 2010 Tesoro refinery fire

McGovern, S. J., PetroTech Consultants

On April 2, 2010, a catastrophic fire occurred within the naphtha hydrotreating unit in the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington. The final CSB report, including recommendations, was issued in May 2014, more than four years after the incident that resulted in the tragic loss of seven lives. This work critically reviews the CSB analysis of this incident and several of its resulting recommendations.

Improve refinery profitability by processing low-value streams in a diesel hydrotreater

Dhar, P. K., Rao, G. S., Bennet, C., Rao, P. V. C., Choudary, N. V., Valavarasu, G., Corporate Research and Development Center, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.; Madhav, G. V., Naidu, A. T., SriGanesh, G., Visakhapatnam refinery, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

Global demand for middle distillates, especially diesel, is increasing.