Refining

Executive Viewpoint: Trends in the global process furnace market

Whether it is heating process fluids to achieve enough temperature in crude atmospheric and vacuum distillation units, or reaction temperatures inside furnace tubes to produce ethylene, vinyl chloride monomer, synthetic gas and continuous catalytic reformer reactors, or simple process heating (thermal fluid), process furnaces play a critical role in refineries and petrochemical complexes.

Risk: Navigating energy volatility: Understanding the principles of commodity risk management

Echols, J., Crowley, G., Opportune LLP

The persistent volatility of energy prices is well known, and sustained price movements have fueled a boom-and-bust cycle in different energy sectors for decades.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 107: Weld failures in vibrating equipment

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Vibrating equipment can be machines, such as vibrating screens, conveyor pans or a combination of both, that are designed to transport, sort or dry materials.

Reliability: Know the pitfalls of excessively high oil viscosity

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Since its inception in June 1990, more than half of the 347 “HP Reliability” columns published in Hydrocarbon Processing have incorporated consulting experiences and communications that span the globe.

Editorial Comment: The true essence of optimization

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What is the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word optimization?

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Librestream and ecom, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, have collaborated on an innovation for asset analysis and safety inspections in hazardous locations: the Onsight Cube-Ex wearable camera.

Construction

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Sinochem Hongrun Petrochemical Co. Ltd. will use Honeywell UOP’s ionic liquids alkylation technology to produce high-octane, cleaner-burning transportation fuels.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the US, continued gasoline–related tightening exerted upside pressure on prices, despite improvement in refinery throughputs as refineries returned online.

Business Trends: Sustainability: Clean fuels—The advancement to zero sulfur

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In April, Hydrocarbon Processing launched the first iteration of its HP Sustainability webcast series.

Industry Perspectives: What topics do you want to hear about?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Throughout Hydrocarbon Processing’s 97 yr of publishing technical material for the refining and petrochemical industries, the journal has focused on numerous topics to optimize downstream processing facility operations.