Refining

Corrosion: Maintaining profitability with opportunity crudes while mitigating naphthenic acid corrosion

Gajdacsi, A., Emerson Automation Solutions

Refiners are asked to produce products within ever tighter margins in a changing industry.

Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation: Improved methods for trace element analysis of challenging petrochemical samples

Kutscher, D., Thermo Fisher Scientific

There is no doubt that the purpose of refining crude oils into natural raw materials is crucial to produce a vast array of fuels and products used in our daily lives.

Reliability: Disregarding storage preservation has consequences

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As a rule, equipment to be installed at a plant site initially arrives at an outdoor storage yard.

Industry Perspectives: Asia continues to dominate new project market share

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database, new project announcements have decreased by approximately 6% year-over-year.

Business Trends: Executives’ focus on lean management leaves companies exposed to risk during crises

Bahr, N., DuPont Sustainable Solutions

In the wake of an extraordinary year marred by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the author’s company released the results of its 2021 Operational Risk Management Survey1 of executives, a barometer of the topics that dominate boardroom discussions around the world.

Editorial Comment: HPI spending forecast to reach nearly $490 B in 2022

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Each year, the editors of Hydrocarbon Processing provide the latest trends and spending forecast for the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).

Aging pressure relief valves: Are you managing history well?

Younas, J., EFERT

The risks associated with the malfunction or blockage of pressure safety valves (PSVs) are significant, and operating facilities invest heavily in preventive maintenance (PM) programs to mitigate the risks and ensure that PSVs are functioning exactly as per design requirements.

How one analyzer technology can improve a semi-regenerative catalytic reforming process

Garza, A., Endress+Hauser

Going back to the earliest days of the industry, oil refiners have found that breaking down crude oil into marketable fractions does not always result in high volumes of the most profitable products.

Safety and environmental benefits of reliability engineering

Troyer, D., O'Malley, C., T. A. Cook

When you boil down the mission of reliability to its bare essence, the job is to deliver maximum operational availability for the least amount of money over the lifecycle of the asset.

Consequence modeling and risk analysis for safeguarding against jet fires

Due to their high momentum and erosive nature, sustained jet fires are one of the most hazardous types of fires that can threaten the integrity of process facilities.