Petrochemicals

USB threat vector trends and implications for industrial operators

Knapp, E., Honeywell

These are interesting times for universal serial bus (USB) security.

Maximizing existing xylene loop profitability

Sakaguchi, T., Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd.; Molinier, M., ExxonMobil

Paraxylene (PX) separation is an energy-intensive process, as are most industrial chemical separations.

Improving resource efficiency of industrial processes with TOP-REF methodology—Part 1

Radatz, H., Schembecker, G., TU Dortmund University; Raffray, G., Sellis, D., The CoSMo Company SAS; Boto, F., Echeverria, Z., Fundación Tecnalia Research and Innovation; Carrion, A., Herce, C., Oto, F., Fundación CIRCE—Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos; Gil, A., University of Zaragoza; Arias, A., Borrego, R., DOW Chemical Co.; Romero, J., Fertinagro Nutrientes S.L.; Jacinto, J. T., Petróleos de Portugal

The processing industry consumes significant amounts of resources, such as materials and energy, to produce valuable goods for society.

Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects presently under construction, as chosen by HP editors and readers

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

People

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Peter Vanacker has assumed the role of President and CEO of Neste Corp., succeeding Matti Lievonen, who will retire.

Business Trends: The case for teaching competence—Part 1

Brister, D., Shea Capability & Compliance Solutions; Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Readers who have had the misfortune of being drawn into debates over the precise definitions of words or terms might agree that much time can be lost in unproductive squabbling.

Viewpoint: The opportunity for greater growth and value—Considerations for crude-to-chemicals projects

Moore, D., ExxonMobil

Industry players are focused on upgrading to higher-growth, higher-value chemical products.

Africa: Troubled Nigerian refineries hamper petrochemicals growth

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Nigeria’s petroleum industry has had its fair share of upheavals, ranging from insecurity that hampers upstream operations to low global oil prices that constrain midstream and downstream investments.

Editorial Comment: HPI spending in 2019 forecast at $375 B

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Regulations, feedstock advantages, supply/demand gaps, etc., are resulting in a surge of new capital investments around the world.

Advanced biological treatment removes benzene, phenol from refinery wastewater

Dale, C., Ekenberg, M., Wenta, R., Veolia Water Americas

Historically, US regulators have not required benzene and phenol monitoring for wastewater from oil refining, petrochemical processing, coking or coal gasification operations.