Refining

Business Trends: Are chemical companies ready for the future of work?

Dickson, D., Deloitte Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant, short-term disruption to the chemical industry, potentially leading to long-term impacts.

Editorial Comment: The tools advancing the HPI into the digital age

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The HPI has been going through a digital transformation, increasingly adopting digital technologies to improve existing processes and structures to improve performance.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

H2scan has released its latest product in the HY-OPTIMA™ line of sensors.

Safety: Do companies have the right tools to make proactive safety decisions?

Brewer, C., Sphera

A process safety management/operational risk management survey conducted by Sphera in 2020 polled respondents on the following items.

Improving asset utilization by closing the corrosion window

Zurlo, J. A., SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

Driving profitable refinery operations often requires owner-operators to balance production flexibility and product optimization with asset availability and equipment reliability.

Risk: Escaping the “cyclone market” in downstream energy

Puro, D. H., ProSight

To say that the downstream energy sector is facing a time of unprecedented challenge would be the understatement of the decade.

Stop oxidation and scale growth with high-emissivity coating

Poth, J., Integrated Global Services

Oxidation of external tube surfaces is responsible for metal loss at around 0.25 mm/yr, which limits tube life.

Search for advanced technique of desalter control—TON control for interface level

Mandal, K. K., Nayara Energy Ltd.

While it may seem like a simple vessel, the desalter is a critical section in a crude distillation unit.

Business Trends: Case EPC-2020: Increasing competitiveness and profits

Prior to the hardships faced during the global pandemic, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) industry was already facing several challenges.

Selection and comparison of thermic fluids in a fired heater

Karre, A. V., Worley Group Inc.; Valsaraj, K. T., Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University

Hot oil, also called thermic fluid, is a heat transfer fluid (HTF) used in oil refineries and chemical plants.