Refining

Online treatment of a slide valve fault in an FCCU

Ruibo, G., PetroChina Jinzhou Petrochemical Co.; Wei, P., Yansheng, L., China University of Petroleum

The regeneration slide valve is a key piece of equipment that controls the ratio of catalyst to oil and reaction temperature in FCC units (FCCUs).

Oil refinery/petrochemical integration in a CO2-constrained world—Part 1

Petrochemical demand will increase with gross domestic product, while motor fuel demand will only show modest growth and may even decline in certain regions, given environmental/legislative pressure and the introduction of battery-powered electric vehicles.

Innovations

Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What are the latest advancements in HPI technologies? This month’s Innovations section details the tools and technologies that are optimizing plant operations.

If you want AI to overcome limitations, give it more scalability

Brooks, M., AspenTech

Artificial intelligence (AI) has caused a significant buzz not only within the hydrocarbon processing industry but also in everyday activities.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month, Hydrocarbon Processing presented its mid-year market update to a global audience.

Evaluation of high-strength steel SA-517-Gr-F for large pressure vessels

Chaudhari, A., Kulkarni, M., BASF Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd.

Conventionally, carbon steel material has been widely used around the globe for the fabrication of static equipment—such as tall towers, vessels, heat exchangers, etc.—for less-corrosive service.

Industry Metrics

Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

U.S. Gulf Coast margins increased, supported by unplanned refinery outages that limited a stronger recovery in run rates and kept product outputs relatively supressed.

Integral vs. proportional gap for averaging level control

Gous, G., De Vaal, P., The University of Pretoria

In process plants, many instances of level control are required to keep the material balance of the plant from integrating to undesired operating conditions.

Execution features of modularization projects

Chuang, R., Fan, A., CTCI Corp.

Due to growing global environmental awareness in recent decades, the petrochemical industries have been seeking more cost-effective construction solutions.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,100 projects around the world.