Safety

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?

Integrating fire and gas safety with process control systems: Why, what and how

Crosley, B., Indgjer, M., Det-Tronics

If a fire, smoke or gas leak is detected in a hydrocarbon processing facility, prescriptive actions must be taken by the fire and gas (F&G) safety system, as well as by the process control system (PCS), to mitigate and control the hazard.

Building blocks of process safety

Dutta, H., Nayara Energy Ltd.

Major incidents continue to strike the oil and gas industry at regular intervals.

Business Trends: Understanding the viewpoints that shape the ever-evolving base oil landscape

Walko, T., ExxonMobil

In April, ExxonMobil launched its 2018 Basestocks Industry Pulse Report.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff