Refining

Extracting business value from digitalization in oil and gas

Bradley, D., Petasense

Most oil and gas companies are investing in digitalization; however, they often fail to move beyond proof of value (PoV) or pilot projects.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 110: A checklist for vibration analysis

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Periodically, I receive questions from engineers around the world on why a piece of critical machinery is vibrating excessively.

Increase uptime by reducing systematic failure risk

Siew, H., Endress+Hauser

Pondering the history of industrial incidents, it would be incorrect to assume that most failures occur randomly.

Achieve process safety, asset integrity and reliability with an integrated HAZOP study

Chakravorty, S. L., Independent Consultant

Abnormal situations in refining and petrochemical plant operations can interfere with plant reliability and efficient operations, especially for highly complex processes.

Optimize flare gas recovery system design to reduce emissions

Lu, S.-G, CTCI, Corp.

Emissions from flares worsen air quality and produce waste gas. A flare gas recovery system is designed to facilitate CO2 reduction.

South America: State reform to boost investment attractiveness of Brazilian refining

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

Brazil’s refining industry is on the verge of large-scale change. Its recent steps toward de-monopolization and liberalization, as well as the divestment of refining assets by state-owned oil major Petrobras, are propelling Brazilian refining in a more attractive direction for investment.

Maintenance: Zero-based, custom-built, reliability-driven—A new kind of maintenance organization

Reed, D., Eastman Chemical Company; Thompson, M., Consultant

In the October 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the authors published an article—“Improving plant performance by changing a maintenance culture”—describing the first two years of Eastman Chemical Co.’s Longview, Texas site’s journey to maintenance excellence, which began in 2016.

Reliability: Tips on marketing to the reliability-focused

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Technical writers and other communicators occasionally have cause to think about matters having to do with publication practices and why some publications have higher quality or more reader-relevant illustrations than others.

Business Trends: Autonomous operations in process manufacturing—Part 2

Agnihotri, R., IBM Corp.

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate an autonomous operations (AO) vision, along with its feasibility, by conceptualizing a roadmap where meaningful progress can be achieved in a horizon of 3 yr–20 yr.

Editorial Comment: Hydrocarbon Processing’s 2020 Top Projects award nominees revealed

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing has announced the nominees for its annual Top Projects awards.