Maintenance & Reliability

IRPC 2022: Combining incremental crude processing and enhanced residue upgradation at low cost

Session three of IRPC focused on sustainability. To open the session, Arun Arora and Malini Warrer from Chevron Lummus Global and Vinod Ramaseshan from Saudi Aramco delivered a presentation titled, “Heavy Oil Processing Initiative Combining Incremental Crude Processing and Enhanced Residue Upgradation at Low Cost and Energy.”

Galp's Sines refinery to shut down for 25 days in October

Portugal's 220,000 barrels per day Sines refinery, owned by Galp Energia, will shut down for 25 days starting on a yet unspecified date in October for planned maintenance.

Editorial Comment: Our purpose: 100 yr of striving to deliver technical editorial excellence to the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

One hundred years ago, a group of individuals saw a need to disseminate the latest technologies and know-how to improve refining operations, safety, management and profitability. At the time, World War 1 had ended roughly 4 yr prior, and global gasoline demand expanded immensely. In turn, new refining capacity was being built around the world to increase production to satisfy burgeoning demand. Simultaneously, new discoveries were being made to produce plastics, fertilizers and other petrochemical products.

History of the HPI: The 2000s: Net-zero, environmental regulations, capacity acceleration and digital transformation

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This final installment of the History of the HPI series details major events in the refining and petrochemicals industry over the past 20 yr, including stricter regulations/initiatives to curb carbon emissions, a safer and more environmentally friendly way to produce and handle chemicals, significant capital investments to boost production capacity and digital transformation.

INEOS Phenol adds 1 MMt of production capacity as it acquires Mitsui Phenols Singapore Ltd for $330 MM

INEOS Phenol announced that it has agreed to acquire the entire asset base of Mitsui Phenols Singapore Ltd from Mitsui Chemicals, a leading Japanese chemicals manufacturer, for a total consideration of $330 MM.

Emerson’s next-generation machine visualization solution differentiates OEM systems, improves user operations

Machine builders in any industrial application can now use Emerson’s PACSystems RXi HMI, a next-generation machine visualization solution designed to help set their systems apart for customers.

Birla Carbon selects Aspen Technology to unlock business value by capitalizing on industrial data across enterprise

Aspen Technology announced that Birla Carbon, a leading sustainable manufacturer and supplier of carbon black additives, is scaling its deployment of AspenTech’s software across nine sites globally.

Terra Drone Corporation & NDT CCS performs visual inspection of Adnoc Refining's RFCC facilities

The pilot project this time was carried out to prove that drones can be used for internal visual inspections at RFCC facilities, especially in reactors, cyclones, and boilers.

Viewpoint: The pathway towards autonomy: How process automation is building the future plant

Urso, J., Honeywell Process Solutions

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Jason Urso (JU), Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell Process Solutions, to discuss the current state of the process automation industry, how new technologies are enhancing efficiency and safety, and what the future holds for automation.

Pressure swing adsorption vessels fatigue analysis

Kittur, A., Saudi Aramco

The hydrogen (H2) plant in a refinery produces high-purity (99.9+ vol%) H2 products using a licensed pressure swing adsorption (PSA) purification process to fulfill the H2 makeup needs of refinery hydroprocessing facilities.