Refining

Opportunity crudes and refinery challenges during hydrocracking operations—Part 1

Refineries worldwide often face practical challenges and operating issues when processing opportunity crude oils to maximize profit margins.

Modified shed decks tackle crude tower fouling problems

Hanson, D., Brown Burns, J., Valero Energy Corp.

Many tray designs have been complicated by the hunt for the “perfect distillation tray” design.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US gasoline market received a boost from a gasoline supply outage on the East Coast, despite overall supply-side pressure resulting from higher regional refinery intakes.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking more than 1,300 projects around the world.

Industry Perspectives: HP Awards—Honoring the industry’s best

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late June, Hydrocarbon Processing announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Executive Viewpoint: Now and into the future: Challenges and solutions for the global processing industries

Fredrick, C., Young, K., Merichem Co.

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with senior-level executives of Merichem Company, Cyndie Fredrick (CF) and Kathy Young (KY), Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers of Merichem’s two business units, to discuss the state of the downstream industry, where it is heading in the future and how their company is helping operators meet their sustainability goals.

Reliability: Find the cause of black oil in pump bearing housings

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

While on consulting assignments, observant reliability engineers often uncover (or rediscover) failure initiators that their long-departed colleagues experienced years ago.

Editorial Comment: A shift in capital? Petrochemical projects take lead in active project market share

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-June, I joined Thad Pittman, Senior Research Analyst, Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, to provide Hydrocarbon Processing subscribers with a global analysis on the downstream processing industry’s capital projects landscape.

Minimize energy consumption in water treatment with forward osmosis technology—Part 2

Attarde, D., Das, A. K., Racha, S. M., Ghosh, S., Reliance Industries Ltd.

Heavy industries like refining, petrochemicals and mining face concerns about the availability of freshwater, as these are affected by local water scarcities and stringent water discharge regulations.

Chemistry modeling system—A key to increased steam system reliability

Robinson, J., Robinson, G., SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

Oil refineries and petrochemical plants rely on steam systems to maintain utility and process unit operations.