Process Optimization

Technical considerations for the Heydar Aliyev refinery revamp

Alkhasli, E., SOCAR Turkey Enerji; Baerends, M., Baars, F., Fluor Energy and Chemicals; Khidirov, B., SOCAR; Asgar-zadeh, S., Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

The following case study describes the early development phases of SOCAR’s ongoing major revamp project at the Heydar Aliyev Refinery (HAR) in Baku, Azerbaijan, and its interface with the associated Azerikimya (AZK) steam cracking complex near Sumgait. References are made to the related SOCAR polymer project in Sumgayit, as well.

Additive solutions to SOx emissions in FCCUs

Genç, M., Dalgıç, E., Karani, U., Emiroglu, I., Er, I., Gul, A., Avcilar, S., TÜPRAŞ; Ventham, T., Johnson Matthey Process Technologies

Sulfur oxide additives are typically based on hydrotalcite or magnesium aluminate spinel-type structures. Magnesium alumina is the pickup agent present in the most effective SOx additives on the market; therefore, to optimize SOx reduction, it is critical to maximize the amount of the critical magnesium component in the fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Business Trends: A strategic energy solution

Giglio, R., Foster Wheeler

Refining is the process of separating crude oil into different hydrocarbon groups through distillation.

Industry Perspectives: The latest advancements in refining/petrochemical technologies on display

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

From September 25–26, Hydrocarbon Processing will bring its International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) back to the US.

Viewpoint: The need for change—Why the industry is looking at crude-to-chemicals

Birdsall, C., ExxonMobil

As the world’s population increases and living standards continue to improve, the demand for energy and chemicals is stronger than ever before.

Digital: Improve chemical production with the IoT

If chemical companies want to remain competitive and move forward in a changing world, they must rapidly adopt innovative technologies.

Editorial Comment: Celebrating the latest advancements in HPI technology

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At the end of this month, Hydrocarbon Processing will honor the latest technological advances in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) at an awards gala.

Adapting instrumentation to the needs of refineries

Carlson, D., Cychosz, D., Emerson Automation Solutions

Oil refineries provide a smorgasbord of challenging applications for instrumentation engineers and technicians.

Online monitoring of H2O using tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy

Engelhart, W. G., SpectraSensors; Spencer, B., Enterprise Products Co.; Beitel, D., Davis & Davis Co.

Raw wellhead natural gas is a complex mixture of methane (CH4), hydrocarbon condensates, natural gas liquids (NGL), water, contaminants, hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen, mercury and other compounds.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its second annual awards.