Loss Prevention

Refinery revamp opportunities with welded plate heat exchangers

Kauders, P., CDE Projects Ltd.; Broad, R., GESMEX Exchangers GmbH

The plate-and-shell (P&S) heat exchanger has three significant advantages over the shell-and-tube (S&T) type traditionally used in refinery processes.

Asset life assessment: A strategic reliability tool for the process industries

Pyne, T., Reliability and Asset Strategy Specialist

Asset life assessment (ALA) has become a strategic tool for process plants (e.g., petrochemical, chemical, and oil and gas) to determine the extent of degradation and the ability of assets to bear static and dynamic loads while sustaining the desired production processes.

Benefits of close-coupled flush rings

Ambacher, A., AS-Schneider

The chemical industry uses flush rings for diaphragm seals.

Address measurement uncertainty in pipelines and storage

Robson, B., TÜV SÜD

How would you measure the volume of a can of soup? The height should work, but what about diameter? Or, you can possibly just trust what the manufacturer has told you on the label.

Editorial Comment: Embracing uncertainty for a better tomorrow

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The downstream processing industry is changing.

An evolving approach to digitalization

Wyatt, T., Fleissman, R., Emerson Automation Solutions

Much has been written in recent years about the need for refineries to embrace the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Adapting and prospering in the energy transition

Hasegawa, K., Shire, T., Yokogawa Corp. of America

The energy transition is gathering momentum as pressure from society leads policy makers and investors to demand faster and deeper cuts to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from all industrial sectors.

Next-generation catalyst improves reliability of LPG mercaptan extraction

Ahmed, S., Motiva Enterprises; Mulvaney, W., Nair, M., Rios, R., Honeywell UOP

For decades, sulfur reduction processes have been an integral part of refinery operations.

To reduce security vulnerabilities in downstream facilities, try unikernels

Eyberg, I., NanoVMs

Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, oil and gas facilities have joined financial, government, hospitality and other companies as tempting targets for cybercriminals.

Advanced crude management by NIR spectroscopy combined with topology modeling

Lambert, D., Saint-Martin, C., Benkhelil, K., Ribero, B., Topnir Systems Co.; Valleur, M., Val Innovation

Crude characterization is critical for refinery optimization.