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Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

IRPC Process Technology: The latest advancements in process technologies

Business Trends: The economics of reliability—An interim report on the global refining industry

Krimmel, J., Pinnacle

What is reliability? Most people think reliability is simply a measure of failure, or lack of failure. If something runs for a longer period without failing, then it is more reliable than something that runs for less time. However, reliability is a measure of how often something performs when you want it to.

Industry Perspectives: Will capital investments increase in 2021 and beyond?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past several years, the world witnessed a significant increase in downstream capacity growth in all sectors of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant decline in demand for transportation fuels and certain petrochemical value chains.

Editorial Comment: Maintenance and reliability—A cornerstone of safe and efficient plant operation

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Refineries and petrochemical plants are comprised of a series of crucial processes to produce transportation fuels, products and chemicals demanded by the global market. These processes consist of capital-intensive units that must be maintained to provide reliable performance. Failure to adequately maintain these assets can have a detrimental effect to not only operations and profit, but also to worker safety.

Reducing acid consumption: Maximizing sulfuric acid alkylation unit profitability

Peterson, J. R., Rana, D., Ewing, R., DuPont Clean Technologies

Alkylation is a process used to produce highly branched isoparaffins from the reaction of lighter olefins and isobutane in the presence of sulfuric acid as a catalyst.

Business Trends: A perspective on new technology impacts on the chemical processing industry

Fernandes, S., Yokogawa Corp.

Over the past five years, the industrial evolution has been propelled by the same technologies that have dramatically changed our private lives.

Executive Viewpoint: Interconnected neural networks drive breakthrough optimization

Cohen, G., Imubit

We have all learned that technology alone will not improve our operations.

Editorial Comment: Petrochemicals: Changing technologies and configurations to satisfy future demand

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For nearly a decade, capital investments in new petrochemical capacity have skyrocketed. This

Fuels and chemicals: Finding the right refinery configuration for a less predictable world

Chaudhuri, S., Singh, R., Bechtel India

The refining industry links the upstream production of crude oil with the end markets for fuel products, as well as for the petrochemical/chemical industry.

Unlock margin by interconnecting refinery optimization silos with closed-loop AI

Cohen, G., Imubit

Refineries and chemical processing plants are complicated to model, control and optimize.