Rotating Equipment

Refining—The evolving base oil industry: The Group 1 shift

Walko, T., ExxonMobil

In April, ExxonMobil launched its 2018 Basestocks Industry Pulse Report. Supported by survey responses from 300 base oil decision makers around the world, the report reveals their own perspectives into the key market trends and industry drivers in the base oils business.

Understand API and ASME standards to prevent oversizing PSVs

Taylor, B., Anvil Corp.

If you have ever sized or selected a pressure safety relief valve (PSV) using vendor sizing programs or hand calculations, you have probably run into a strange anomaly.

Improve refinery production and efficiency with asset monitoring

Donnangelo, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

The sheer volume of equipment in a refinery—from vessels, columns, huge structures and mazes of pipes to pumps, valves, controllers and instruments—is staggering.

Onsite

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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

Amine pumps upgraded for improved operations and reliability

Yusoff, D., PETRONAS; Aronen, R., Bouden International

A gas processing plant in Malaysia eliminated a source of expensive failures in its acid gas removal unit (AGRU).

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

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

Reliability: Better pumps and seals for HF service

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-2017, we received a well-written request from a young reliability engineer.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

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

Ensure a truly rigorous relief valve sizing method

Guner, U., Bryan Research & Engineering, Inc.

Pressure relief valves (PRVs) protect equipment from excessive overpressure and, in case of emergency situations, they should ensure a sufficient discharge of mass to reduce the pressure below the recommended pressure limits.

Six considerations for turbomachinery control upgrades

Egbuna, C., Rockwell Automation

Increasing competitive pressures in process industries, including oil and gas, are driving dramatic changes in the operational needs of process plants, utilities and pipelines.