Petrochemicals

Petrochemicals: Which network can fulfil the petrochemical sector’s desire to exploit Industry 4.0?

Smith, G., Rajant Corp.

The global petrochemical industry has not been short of success.

Europe: Russian petrochemicals industry on the verge of large-scale growth

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

The Russian government has announced its plan to increase the volume of support for its domestic petrochemicals industry over the next several years, with the aim of doubling its production and boosting exports, according to Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak and the press service of the Russian Presidential Administration.

Editorial Comment: Continuing the advancement of the petrochemical industry

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Each year, Hydrocarbon Processing devotes its Special Focus section to the latest advancements in petrochemical technology, as well as best practices, reliability and safety to ensure efficient and optimized petrochemical operations.

Understand net gas compressor control logic from a process engineering standpoint

Hong, R., Chang, G. S., GS Engineering and Construction

In a refinery or petrochemical plant, certain equipment can create “gray areas” between process engineers and instrument engineers.

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.