Refining

Quickly screen catalysts for hydrotreating of vegetable oil using high-throughput micro-pilot plants

Vilela, T., Avantium Catalysis

Accurate catalyst evaluation is an important step in optimizing catalytic processes with respect to product yield, energy efficiency and overall product quality.

Overview of decarbonization pathways for the oil and gas and petrochemical industries—Part 1

Buehler, J., Petrogenium, Buehler Consulting

This two-part article will cover the seven pathways to decarbonizing the oil and gas and petrochemical industries.

Hydroprocessing catalyst selection—Part 1: Planning and selecting the catalyst evaluation method

Pongboot, N., Global R&D; Upienpong, T., Karunkeyoon, W., PTT Global Chemical

Hydroprocessing catalysts are an essential part of any refinery involved in the treatment/conversion of most petroleum fractions ranging from naphtha to residue.

Business Trends: Insights from the 2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis

Achacoso, M., HSB Solomon Associates LLC

The author’s company recently completed its data analysis for the 2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis (Fuels Study).

Executive Viewpoint: Maire Tecnimont and the second wave of the circular economy

Folgiero, P., Maire Tecnimont

The circular economy has already entered the public’s consciousness, and consumers are increasingly aware of the urgent need to recycle plastic, with the practice becoming more widespread than ever.

Reliability: Consider packaged twin-screw compressors

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Compressors are widely used in the process industries to move fluids and gases within and outside the boundary of a process.

Editorial Comment: Pathways towards a more sustainable HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Among the dominant, far-reaching themes within the global refining and petrochemicals industries are the increase in biofeedstocks processing to produce biofuels and greener petrochemicals, the continued push towards clean fuels production, regulations and initiatives to adhere to net-zero emissions targets, and a surge in capital investments to build renewables and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) plants.

Preferential baffle reboiler—Part 1

Sharma, A., Process Engineer

Distillation towers consume ~30% of the energy in a refinery or petrochemical facility.

Mechanical impact of rerating process equipment

Rupesh, S., Independent Consultant

Process equipment operating in a brownfield environment is often rerated pertaining to the changes in process parameters during debottlenecking.

High risk, high stakes: Why digitalization is critical for hydrocarbon processing

Reynolds, S., AVEVA

Hydrocarbon processing, by nature, is a high-risk operation.