Information Systems

Increase uptime by reducing systematic failure risk

Siew, H., Endress+Hauser

Pondering the history of industrial incidents, it would be incorrect to assume that most failures occur randomly.

Achieve process safety, asset integrity and reliability with an integrated HAZOP study

Chakravorty, S. L., Independent Consultant

Abnormal situations in refining and petrochemical plant operations can interfere with plant reliability and efficient operations, especially for highly complex processes.

Optimize flare gas recovery system design to reduce emissions

Lu, S.-G, CTCI, Corp.

Emissions from flares worsen air quality and produce waste gas. A flare gas recovery system is designed to facilitate CO2 reduction.

Digital: Enable reliable operations in a volatile oil and gas market

Covino, L., GE Digital

Hydrocarbon processing businesses increase profitability and survivability by optimizing production and/or reducing expenses to maximize profitability—or in the extreme, cash flow.

Automation: Significant improvement of soft sensor estimation by automation in bias correction

The main objective of any industry is to operate as close as possible to the point where profits are maximized.

Safety: Strategic considerations in contemporary process safety management

Shah, G. C., Wood Group

During this unprecedented industry crisis spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the process industry’s response has been multi-faceted, showing its generosity and humanitarian side, as well as its collective resilience to an environment filled with formidable challenges.

Business Trends: Autonomous operations in process manufacturing—Part 2

Agnihotri, R., IBM Corp.

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate an autonomous operations (AO) vision, along with its feasibility, by conceptualizing a roadmap where meaningful progress can be achieved in a horizon of 3 yr–20 yr.

Reduce gasoline blending giveaway with inline blending and online analyzers

Curcio, E., Barsamian, A., Refinery Automation Institute, LLC

With best available technology, how much practical reduction in giveaway can be achieved, with the caveat that there is no such thing as “zero error” in value measurements? Also, can those numbers change if inline blending is used? This article seeks to answer both questions.

Shape the refinery of the future through integration—Part 2

Maiti, S. N., SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the September issue, discussed various aspects of evaluating options that enable an existing refiner to make investment decisions to optimally diversify into petrochemicals through integration. Part 2 will detail a case study that illustrates the synergies of refinery-petrochemical integration through a propylene recovery unit from an FCC-based refinery, as well as financial, configuration and sensitivity analyses.

Hydrocarbon Processing 2020 Awards WINNERS

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