Refining

Asia: China eyes significant growth in petrochemicals

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

China aims to grow its domestic petrochemical production during the next 5 yr–7 yr, driven by the ongoing modernization of major production facilities and an increase in foreign investments.

Optimization: Thinking of cooling towers? Go global and modular.

Childers, B., Aggreko

When it comes to cooling towers, when should modular be considered?

Reliability: Comparing and updating aeration blower technologies

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As the main consumers of electricity in a wastewater treatment plant, aeration blowers can significantly affect the overall cost of plant operation.

Editorial Comment: Exchanging ideas through collaborative environments

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What is the best way to exchange ideas?

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Automatic gauging addresses tank farm challenges

Mallon, D., Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co.

Tank farms are often found on the premises of large refineries and petrochemical plants, or nearby.

Horizontal distillation column technology

Katyal, A., Independent Researcher/Inventor

Gas-liquid contact operations are required for the separation of mixtures based on differences in the chemical properties (volatility, solubility, etc.) of various components.

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.