Information Systems

Improving resource efficiency of industrial processes with TOP-REF methodology—Part 1

Radatz, H., Schembecker, G., TU Dortmund University; Raffray, G., Sellis, D., The CoSMo Company SAS; Boto, F., Echeverria, Z., Fundación Tecnalia Research and Innovation; Carrion, A., Herce, C., Oto, F., Fundación CIRCE—Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos; Gil, A., University of Zaragoza; Arias, A., Borrego, R., DOW Chemical Co.; Romero, J., Fertinagro Nutrientes S.L.; Jacinto, J. T., Petróleos de Portugal

The processing industry consumes significant amounts of resources, such as materials and energy, to produce valuable goods for society.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Designed for hazardous, wet or corrosive locations, such as oil refineries and chemical plants, the Appleton PlexPower motor starter provides electrical apparatus protection combined with the convenience and savings of off-the-shelf components.

Digital: Seize the benefits of digitalization

Broadbent, M., Wood Mackenzie

Digitalization has been making waves in the energy space, with upstream companies leading the trend with technology that improves efficiency, cuts costs and boosts margins.

Industry 4.0 in the oil and gas business

Lahti, T., Saurus, L., Hellgren, N., Neste Engineering Solutions

The operational cost structure of oil and gas companies is very capital- and labor-intensive.

It’s not double trouble—it’s digital twingenuity

Henn, J., MAVERICK Technologies

Much ink has been spilled over the concept known as the “digital twin.”

Capital projects are making a comeback, but are EPC firms ready?

Donnelly, P., AspenTech

After several years of cutting costs to align to the reality of fewer and smaller capital projects, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms are now forging ahead as the industry recovers.

Eight strategies to minimize capital expenditures for a better bottom line

Adib, M., SNC-Lavalin Inc.

The following are eight strategies to help reduce engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project costs, along with tips to maximize the value of both existing assets and new investments for refiners and producers.

Conceptualizing a mega-integrated refinery and petrochemical complex: A case study

Chaudhuri, S., Dass, T., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

Integration is the new keyword for sustainability and profit in today’s oil and gas market scenario.

Onsite

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Dr. Kheng Lau, BP, presented the keynote address on using high-fidelity simulators for training on day two of Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) Americas.

Business Trends

Newton, M., AVEVA

The oil and gas industry is at a turning point.