Maintenance & Reliability

Are produced water emissions factors accurate?

Ross, K., Bryan Research & Engineering, Inc.

Rules of thumb are often required to estimate hydrocarbon emissions from produced water storage tanks due to a lack of sampling or inadequacies of sample analysis—the “1% rule” being the most common.

Are there ghosts in your maintenance backlog?

Thorman, G., Red Horse Properties LLC

The heart and soul of a maintenance organization is often found in the backlog of identified work.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

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

Automatic gauging addresses tank farm challenges

Mallon, D., Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co.

Tank farms are often found on the premises of large refineries and petrochemical plants, or nearby.

Modified shed decks tackle crude tower fouling problems

Hanson, D., Brown Burns, J., Valero Energy Corp.

Many tray designs have been complicated by the hunt for the “perfect distillation tray” design.

Industry Perspectives: HP Awards—Honoring the industry’s best

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late June, Hydrocarbon Processing announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Reliability: Find the cause of black oil in pump bearing housings

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

While on consulting assignments, observant reliability engineers often uncover (or rediscover) failure initiators that their long-departed colleagues experienced years ago.

Advantages of using TDL analyzers for safety monitoring in combustion within HPI applications

Jenkins, R., Servomex

From refining to chemical production processes, heaters play an essential role in hydrocarbon processing applications.

Projects as programs: A vision for long-term project success

Scofield, R., Solvay

Process industries across the globe grapple with producing dozens or even hundreds of different products.

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.