Petrochemicals

Safety: Do companies have the right tools to make proactive safety decisions?

Brewer, C., Sphera

A process safety management/operational risk management survey conducted by Sphera in 2020 polled respondents on the following items.

Stop oxidation and scale growth with high-emissivity coating

Poth, J., Integrated Global Services

Oxidation of external tube surfaces is responsible for metal loss at around 0.25 mm/yr, which limits tube life.

Search for advanced technique of desalter control—TON control for interface level

Mandal, K. K., Nayara Energy Ltd.

While it may seem like a simple vessel, the desalter is a critical section in a crude distillation unit.

Business Trends: Case EPC-2020: Increasing competitiveness and profits

Prior to the hardships faced during the global pandemic, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) industry was already facing several challenges.

Selection and comparison of thermic fluids in a fired heater

Karre, A. V., Worley Group Inc.; Valsaraj, K. T., Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University

Hot oil, also called thermic fluid, is a heat transfer fluid (HTF) used in oil refineries and chemical plants.

Construction

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

TechnipFMC has begun construction on Assiut National Oil Processing Co.’s new hydrocracking complex in Egypt.

Hydrocarbons face toughest challenge yet

Ketelaars, F., DNV GL Oil and Gas

Over the next 30 yr, the globe’s energy ecosystem—where fossil fuels dominate and renewables play catch-up—will evolve exponentially, as efforts intensify to curb carbon emissions and mitigate the detrimental impact of climate change.

Corrosion: Address damage caused by galvanic corrosion

Anwer, A., Qureshi, N., Contributing Writer

At petrochemical and refining facilities, it is common for U-clamps over piping runs to become corroded, sometimes to the extent where they are completely thinned out.

Editorial Comment: Will 2021 be a rebound year?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Needless to say, 2020 was an unprecedented year.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking nearly 1,400 projects around the world.