Petrochemicals

Automation Strategies: Effective change leadership critical for successful digital transformation

Reynolds, P., ARC Advisory Group

Effective change leadership critical for successful digital transformation

Reliability: Pre-select a multidisciplinary failure analysis provider

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Suppose you are among the average mid-size plants that simply cannot afford to hire, train or otherwise employ subject matter experts (SMEs) in every one of the different disciplines within your company.

The benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles in plant inspection services

Smith, M., Spitfire Aerial Services

As the technology surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones (FIG. 1), continues to advance, so too do the ways they are used.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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

Business Trends

Free, A., Renegar, CJ, Argo Consulting

Across the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), executives are buzzing about operational excellence.

Maintenance: Improving plant performance by changing a maintenance culture

Reed, D., Eastman Chemical Company; Thompson, M., Evolve Partners

Over the last 2 yr, the plant maintenance department (PMD) at Eastman Chemical Co.’s Longview, Texas site produced these significant improvements to plant performance.

Editorial Comment: HP Top Projects awards are back!

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It’s that time again! Hydrocarbon Processing has announced the nominees for its annual Top Project awards.

Fouling mitigation strategies for process gas compressors in olefins plants

Eteng, O. C., Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Ltd.

Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals’ olefins plant in Port Harcourt, Nigeria is designed to produce 300,000 tpy of polymer-grade ethylene and 126,000 tpy of polymer-grade propylene through the pyrolysis or thermal cracking of natural gas liquids (NGL).

Integrating fire and gas safety with process control systems: Why, what and how

Crosley, B., Indgjer, M., Det-Tronics

If a fire, smoke or gas leak is detected in a hydrocarbon processing facility, prescriptive actions must be taken by the fire and gas (F&G) safety system, as well as by the process control system (PCS), to mitigate and control the hazard.

People

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

BCCK Holding Co. (BCCK) has appointed Bob Swann as Director of project management and controls.