Petrochemicals

Advanced analytics drive IIoT success

Zinsli, J., Seeq

Refineries and petrochemical plants face similar challenges in daily operations. Each must mitigate risk, anticipate maintenance, optimize operations and minimize expenses. To achieve these goals, plant personnel rely heavily on data to drive decisions.

OT/IT integration for profit-driven operation

Kobayashi, Y., Yokogawa Electric Corp.

Operational technology/information technology integration is required for sharing information among all levels of manufacturing organizations to achieve profit-driven operation, which helps process industry companies implement real-time production performance improvements that are aligned from the management level to the plant floor.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Sphera has released a new Interactive piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) solution that helps organizations break down silos between their operations, maintenance and engineering departments while simplifying isolation planning.

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.

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.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Refinery margins in the U.S. Atlantic basin rebounded. Deeper refinery intake cuts, as well as the low feedstock price environment, helped offset unappealing demand-side signals.

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.

Best practices for aromatics extractive distillation in integrated complexes

Liu, Z., Wang, Y., Zhao, L., Sulzer GTC Technology

Integrated refining/aromatics/olefins complexes are an efficient and effective configuration to maximize crude oil feedstock value and optimize the value of the entire product chain.

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