Safety

Business Trends

Newton, M., Aveva

The oil and gas industry is at a turning point.

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.

Engineering Case Histories—Case 104: Energy in steam boiler explosions

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Steam boiler explosions happen all over the world, as an internet search will reveal.

Reliability: Pre-select a multidisciplinary failure analysis provider

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Suppose you are among the average mid-size plants that simply cannot afford to hire, train or otherwise employ subject matter experts (SMEs) in every one of the different disciplines within your company.

Bringing Industry 4.0 to the terminal

Kessler, R., Oceaneering International Inc.

The oil and gas industry is no stranger to the power of Industry 4.0 solutions that aggregate sensor and planning/forecasting data into a single shared view, as well as deliver valuable analytics and real-time alerting capabilities.

The benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles in plant inspection services

Smith, M., Spitfire Aerial Services

As the technology surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones (FIG. 1), continues to advance, so too do the ways they are used.

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).

High-reliability organizing for a new paradigm in safety

Hanik, P., Pretium Innovation LLC; Hausmann, R., University of Houston

Should the chemical industry be satisfied with its existing safety programs, or is change needed to create a new paradigm?