Refining

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Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Jenny Hebert and George Yaluris of Albemarle accept the HP Award for Best Catalyst Technology.

Business Trends

Free, A., Renegar, CJ, Argo Consulting

Across the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), executives are buzzing about operational excellence.

Viewpoint: Reducing the sulfur shadow— Who pays the price?

Wright, S., KBC

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) 2020 regulation has been described as the most disruptive change to impact the oil industry in the past 30 yr.

Risk: Measuring margins—Avoiding complacency when the market is stable

Lamb, J., Allegro Development Corp.

When top oil marketer Geneva Energy Markets LLC liquidated its trading book holding1 “millions of barrels of open interest across crude oil, refined products and natural gas,” managing partner Mark Vonderheide emphasized the pressures and potential damage of new market regulations.

Africa: New maritime emissions rules to impact Africa’s downstream sector

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

As the 2020 deadline set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the implementation of low-carbon shipping regulations inches closer, African refineries are still grappling with the question of how to finance the upgrading of oil processing plants to enable them to produce the required low-sulfur marine fuels and reduce reliance on noncompliant import fuels for powering the region’s shipping industry.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 103—Addressing heat exchanger tube leaks

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Heat exchangers have multiple tubes with fluid passing through and over them that either heats or cools another fluid.

Editorial Comment: HP Top Projects awards are back!

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It’s that time again! Hydrocarbon Processing has announced the nominees for its annual Top Project awards.

More residue processing in FCCUs

Genç, M., Karani, U., Er, I., TÜPRAŞ; Kandaz, S., Albemarle Corp.

Resid units have more than 2 wt% Conradson carbon residue (Concarbon) in feed and more than 5,000 parts per million (ppm) of nickel (Ni) and vanadium (V) on equilibrium catalysts (Ecat).

Methodology for model-based, real-time prediction of corrosion in heat exchangers

Holzer, G., Jeitler, E., Prozess Optimal CAP GmbH

In the chemical and process industries, gases or vapor mixtures must be cooled to temperatures near the water dewpoint in a variety of thermal unit operations.

Understand the installation of steam tracing for long-term application success—Part 2

Hannah, C. C., Perry, T. W., QMax Industries Inc.

One of the most misunderstood and misused components of conductive steam tracing systems is heat transfer compound (HTC).