Refining

Avoid common pitfalls in upscaling catalytic fixed-bed reactors

Driving innovation is an inescapable strategic reality, not only for accelerating new products development and technological solutions but also for creating new markets.

Improve kerosene mercaptan sweetening with fluoropolymer-cartridge liquid-liquid coalescers

Wines, T. H., Gorin, A., Pall Corp.; Rios, J., Trucko, J., Honeywell UOP

Many refineries are experiencing new problems related to the formation of stable emulsions and poor separation due to the increased use of lower-cost opportunity crude oils that have a high total acid number (TAN), higher gravities and more sulfur content.

Deliver high levels of SOx reduction with SOx-reduction additive

Baillie, C., Cooper, C., W. R. Grace

The global refining industry continues to move toward more restrictive environmental laws for sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-August, Hydrocarbon Processing announced the finalists of the 2021 HP Awards, celebrating innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year and are making the HPI safer, more efficient and more profitable.

Corrosion under insulation on stainless steel

Rupesh, S., Independent Consultant

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a severe form of localized external corrosion that occurs on stainless steel (SS) that has been insulated.

Asphaltene removal technology produces novel cement waterproofing additive

Chung, W., Well Resources Inc.; Lee, M.-T., National Chia-Yi University; Chen, C.-Y., Chen, F.-P., Lin, T.-B., Shin Chuang Technology Co. Ltd.

Addressing climate change and environmental issues has become a top priority in the 21st century.

Enhanced unit monitoring enabled by digital twin

Chellani, J., KBC, a Yokogawa Company; Winter, G., Alshaikh, A., Saudi Aramco

Process engineers must continuously monitor the health and performance of process units.

Enterprise-wide energy efficiency fleet monitoring tool

Trivedi, K., ExxonMobil Global Projects; Nehete, S., ExxonMobil Chemical Operations Pvt. Ltd.; Gunter, J., ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Co.

In response to challenges related to global warming, climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, numerous countries are adopting regulatory measures requiring industry to further improve energy efficiency.

Implementation of advanced level control techniques in refinery operations

Mandal, K. K., Nayara Energy Ltd.

Plant performance depends on stable operations, with steady feed, product flow, temperature and pressure control as per process requirements.

Business Trends: Patents provide a unique insight into oil and gas blockchain opportunities

Stephey, G., Horler, P., Chauhan, R., Withers and Rogers LLP

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology have gained widespread media attention in recent years, with much of the spotlight falling on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.