Management

Project Management: Four tips for navigating a shutdown, turnaround or outage successfully

Veen, M., Prometheus Group

In the oil and gas sector, managing a shutdown, turnaround, or even an outage is an unavoidable requirement.

Reliability: Don’t expect “yes” from someone authorized to say “no”

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Our lead case revolves around a comprehensive text on oil mist. It was issued in 1998 with a dust cover showing three oil cans.

Business Trends: Managing risk and uncertainty: The importance of optimizing your value chain

McMullen, J, AVEVA

No doubt exists that COVID-19 is disrupting the oil and gas industry. Oil prices are falling, demand is down, supply is up, and storage capacity is limited. In these difficult times, the industry must swiftly act to keep business viable to come back strong when conditions improve.

Executive Viewpoint: How to develop a successful asset management strategy during the coronavirus downturn

Hess, F. U., T.A. Cook Consultants Inc.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted all sectors of the oil and gas industry, including asset management.

People

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Marathon Petroleum Corp. board of directors has elected John P. Surma to serve as non-executive Chairman.

Advanced cooling tower water treatment—Part 1

Refineries, petrochemical plants and similar facilities rely on a significant number of heat exchangers for process control and product formulation throughout the plant.

Inspection: Establish an inspection plan for flare burners

Anwer, A., Ruwais

Flares are prominent in hydrocarbon processing operations. From afar, they can be spotted burning with a high or low flame, supported by a tall steel structure

Reliability: A good time to do reliability upgrading from home

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An experienced writer of technical procedures for many years, “KM” recently gave us a stunning glimpse of the probable volume of “ripe, low-hanging fruit” that still exists in some hydrocarbon processing facilities, ready to be harvested from home.

Shell improves asset management of instrumentation through digital transformation

de Leeuw, V., ARC Advisory Group

In May 2019, ARC Advisory Group hosted a meeting of the European Digital Transformation Council (DTC) in conjunction with the ARC Industry Forum in Barcelona, Spain.

Highlights from a maintenance and reliability audit

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Staffers in many plants in modern industry are assigned to job functions related to reliability assessment and implementation.