Petrochemicals

Cut costs and save time servicing valves during refinery turnarounds

Dalal, N., Emerson Automation Solutions

Most refineries perform turnaround activities every 3 yr–5 yr to maintain and upgrade plant assets and equipment.

Implement AI to predict the composition of chemical plant feed

Giiazov, O., Shalupkin, D., Ermulin, A., Stremousov, G., Chemical Technologies Inc.

An important indicator of the technological processes at chemical plants is the composition of the main flows, including feed, products and intermediate flows.

Development of zeolite catalysts for production of ethylbenzene

Yang, W., Wang, Z., SINOPEC Engineering Inc.

Zeolites, an important type of catalytic material, are widely used in industrial catalysis.

Triple-lane layout for enhanced cracking coil performance

Ethylene is a precursor to many chemicals, fibers and plastics that are used in daily life.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, more than 320 new downstream capital projects have been announced over the past year.

Business Trends: The state of process safety and operational risk management—Feeling the squeeze

Jones, S., Petrotechnics

The 2018 edition of Petrotechnics’ process safety management (PSM) and operational risk management report builds on insights gained from the 2017 survey.

Industry Perspectives: What opportunities will 2019 bring to the global HPI?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

To continue communication and feedback with Hydrocarbon Processing’s global audience, the editors have posted a new poll to HydrocarbonProcessing.com.

Viewpoint: European refining 2050: Turning the vision into reality

Stephen George, KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.

Europe’s refiners, through their industry organization Fuels Europe, have set out their long-term ambitions in a new program called Vision 2050.

Viewpoint: Shifting safety from cost to value for oil and gas companies

Elliott, S., Schneider Electric

In today’s business and regulatory environment, controlling a refinery or other high-hazard processing plant is increasingly demanding.

Inspection: External visual inspection remains vital

Anwer, A., Contributing Editor

Innovations continue to evolve at a steady pace.