Refining

Viewpoint: The opportunity for greater growth and value—Considerations for crude-to-chemicals projects

Moore, D., ExxonMobil

Industry players are focused on upgrading to higher-growth, higher-value chemical products.

Supply Chain: Preparing for digital downstream supply chain capabilities

Landrum, K., Opportune LLP

Several major downstream companies have recently embarked upon large-scale digital transformations with anticipated capital spending tallying in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Europe: Russia to fight for global oil products market despite sanctions pressure

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

Russia plans to significantly increase its oil products to foreign markets, despite the ongoing pressure of Western sanctions and the complex situation in the country’s domestic refining industry, according to recent statements by representatives of Russia’s leading oil corporations and senior officials of the country’s Ministry of Energy.

Africa: Troubled Nigerian refineries hamper petrochemicals growth

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

Nigeria’s petroleum industry has had its fair share of upheavals, ranging from insecurity that hampers upstream operations to low global oil prices that constrain midstream and downstream investments.

Editorial Comment: HPI spending in 2019 forecast at $375 B

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Regulations, feedstock advantages, supply/demand gaps, etc., are resulting in a surge of new capital investments around the world.

Advanced biological treatment removes benzene, phenol from refinery wastewater

Dale, C., Ekenberg, M., Wenta, R., Veolia Water Americas

Historically, US regulators have not required benzene and phenol monitoring for wastewater from oil refining, petrochemical processing, coking or coal gasification operations.

Industry 4.0 in the oil and gas business

Lahti, T., Saurus, L., Hellgren, N., Neste Engineering Solutions

The operational cost structure of oil and gas companies is very capital- and labor-intensive.

It’s not double trouble—it’s digital twingenuity

Henn, J., MAVERICK Technologies

Much ink has been spilled over the concept known as the “digital twin.”

Determine root causes of undesirable petcoke properties from the DCU

Gupta, A., Daggupati, S., Bisht, H., Mandal, S., Das, A. K., Reliance Industries Ltd.

The delayed coking unit (DCU) is the technology of choice for the upgrade of heavy hydrocarbon residues—i.e., bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading.

Process design consideration for a deep-cut vacuum distillation unit—Part 2

Recently, many US refineries have been reconfigured to process heavy opportunistic sour crudes.