Process Control

How APM in LNG operations can lower TCO and boost ROI

As the world’s hydrocarbon appetite continues its rapid turn toward lighter fare (e.g., natural gas for power generation, transportation and industry), massive, near-term investments in global, capital-intensive, fully digitalized LNG infrastructure are needed.

Liquefaction technology selection for baseload LNG plants

Mokhatab, S., Consultant; Messersmith, D., Bechtel Corp.

As global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade continues to rapidly expand, the challenge of liquefaction process selection—a key element of an LNG project—becomes increasingly important.

What are the financial savings from a refinery cybersecurity program?

Ayral, T., Honeywell Process Solutions; Fligner, M., Liberty International Underwriters

Recently, the authors developed a first-pass financial estimate of the savings resulting from the implementation of a cybersecurity program for a 100-Mbpd refinery.

Digital: Looking to boost safety? Reliable operations are the key

Carugo, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

Equipment failures are the thorn in every industrial plant’s side.

Advanced process control of debutanizers makes use of inferential predictions

Ferrari, L., Harrison, P., Total; Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

Following good experience with a generalized cut-point calculation (GCC) inferential package, which models main fractionators with side streams, French energy major Total decided to experiment with a generalized distillation shortcut (GDS) inferential package, which models simpler, two-product distillation columns.

Managing process contaminants in amine treating units—Part 1: Lean amine filtration

Engel, D., Nexo Solutions; Northrop, P. S., ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.

Installation and operation of suitable contaminant removal systems, such as filtration, coalescing and adsorption equipment, have become key components in amine units.

Show Preview: IRPC Europe returns to Italy this June

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Energy Information and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to provide a preview of IRPC Europe 2018, which will be held June 5–7 in Milan.

Configuration study and design of sour water stripper units for a refinery revamp

Das, S., Singh, N. K., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

As demand for oil products increases, refiners are expanding the capacity of their crude processing facilities to accommodate higher throughput.

Create a network of dividing wall columns in complex process units

Kalita, R., Kanda, A., GTC Technology US, LLC

The majority of dividing wall column (DWC) applications in the refining industry consist of standalone columns, whether a retrofit or a grassroots column.

Using valve diagnostics at startup to save time and money

Raymond, S., Emerson Process Management

Early detection of valve problems with diagnostics prevents small issues from escalating into major incidents when production starts.