Loss Prevention

Cybersecurity: Crucial defenses for critical infrastructures

Small, D., NCC Group

A colleague of mine once suggested to a chemical plant operator that it was a good idea to apply patches to Windows-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) servers as soon as they become available every month—after all, a lot of them fix security vulnerabilities.

Associations: Integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems: Does it really matter?

Gupta, M. S., ARC Advisory Group

ARC Advisory Group’s 23rd annual Industry Forum included a panel discussion that explored the relative merits of integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems in an increasingly connected world.

Securing industrial systems in a digital world

The development of industrial control systems (ICS) over the past two decades has changed the face of many industries.

From traditional to green refinery: The transformation of Eni’s Gela plant

The need for a more sustainable energy mix is setting a challenge for refinery operators.

Diversifying the future: Incentives for worldwide adoption of renewable fuels and chemicals—Part 1

Bio-based, renewable fuels and chemicals can reduce the environmental footprint of maintaining global transportation and product demands, while also supplementing traditional fossil fuels in a global environment with increasing energy demand.

The geoscience of reliability engineering: Preparing the process plant for natural disasters

Cole, J., Harvard University; Troyer, D. D., T.A. Cook Consultants Inc.

Industry can no longer afford to take a casual approach to the potential impacts of natural disasters on the operational reliability and integrity of physical plants and assets.

Use new oxidation technologies to achieve “near-zero” emissions of NOx and VOCs

Armstrong, P., Predatsch, E., Selas-Linde North America

HPInnovative solutions assist hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities in meeting present and ever-changing air emissions regulations and strict operating permits.

Looking back at the Phillips 66 explosion in Pasadena, Texas: 30 years later

Bloch, K. P., Contributing Writer; Vaughen, B.K., AIChE

October 23, 2019 marks the 30-yr anniversary of a devastating fire and explosion that claimed the lives of 23 workers at a major chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas.

Industry Perspectives—Two events: One to honor, one to learn

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In this issue, the finalists for Hydrocarbon Processing’s third annual HP Awards are detailed.

Reliability: Comparing and updating aeration blower technologies

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As the main consumers of electricity in a wastewater treatment plant, aeration blowers can significantly affect the overall cost of plant operation.