Refining

Business Trends: The downstream dilemma: Past, present and future of downstream energy

De Vries, A., Global Strategy Consultant; Mohamed, K. F., IHS Markit

The oil industry’s interest in the downstream segment of the business has known ups and downs. This article reviews the past, present and projected future of the downstream sector and its companies.

Industry Perspectives: The Main Column podcast: Crucial topics shaping the industry

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the February issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the editors asked our global readership what topics they would like to hear on the publication’s new podcast series: The Main Column.

Processing hydrogen-rich gas in a PSA unit

At Tüpraş’ Kırıkkale refinery, adsorbents in pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) units must be reloaded due to the low hydrogen (H2) recovery and low capacity factor of such units.

IMO 2020 and the importance of nonlinear blending properties calculation

Curcio, L. E., Refinery Automation Institute, LLC

With 2020 here, fuel blenders, shipowners, and fuel oil producers and users are concerned about what will happen this year, with the sulfur content in bunker fuel reduced from 3.5 wt% to 0.5 wt%, as per International Maritime Organization 2020 (IMO 2020) rules.

Octane enhancement avoiding both high reformer severity and alkylation

Kauders, P., CDE Projects Ltd.

An innovative refinery process arrangementa converts butane-rich, light paraffinic streams—preferably containing a high proportion of isobutane—into butylene by dehydrogenation.

Cost-effective naphtha hydrotreating unit revamp to increase high-octane reformate production

Ramesh, K., Phukan, D., Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.

India, which is the third-largest economy in the world, is home to nearly 18% of the world’s population (nearly 1.4 B).

Safe and sustainable alkylation: Performance and update on composite ionic liquid alkylation technology

Chung, W., Well Resources Inc.; Zhang, R., Beijing Zhongshi Aojie Petroleum Technology Co.; Song, D., PetroChina Harbin Petrochemical Co.

Market and regulatory factors are pressuring refiners to adopt safe and sustainable processes for the production of clean-burning and environmentally friendly fuels.

Safety: Where foresight replaces hindsight: How AI impacts the future of oil and gas safety

Stewart, H., Advisian Digital, part of the Worley Group; Aitken, C., SaltGrid

According to the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), there were 31 fatal incidents across the industry in 2018.

Consider purpose-driven methods for communicating with engineers

Johnston, G., Laporte Consultants Corp. USA; Shahani, G., ShureLine Construction

Technology has dramatically transformed communication methods and, more importantly, the ways that engineers share information with colleagues and clients.

How to use technology to mitigate job-hopping and retain millennial workers

Whittle, L., Parsable

Workforce experts and employers often suggest that the millennial generation is responsible for sparking the job-hopping trend.