Safety

Process safety as a profit center?

Scott, M., Schuler, T., aeSolutions

In today’s economic environment, new capital spending is harder to find than loose change buried under the couch cushions.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

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

Coupling maintenance strategies for critical equipment

Del Campo, J., Regal Beloit

Unplanned outages due to mechanical failures can cost millions of dollars of lost production time for oil and gas companies.

Viva Energy’s Geelong refinery reduces FCCU turnaround risk

Blaser, P., Pendergrass, J., CPFD LLC; Gabites, J., Brooke, A., Viva Energy Australia

Change involves risk. Many fluidized catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) can be operated more profitably, but changes to achieve more efficient operations can be risky.

A game-changing approach to furnace safeguarding

Mickity, D., Phillips 66

This work is a follow-up article to “Automate furnace controls to improve safety and energy efficiency,” which was published in the June 2014 edition of Hydrocarbon Processing.

Technical considerations for the Heydar Aliyev refinery revamp

Alkhasli, E., SOCAR Turkey Enerji; Baerends, M., Baars, F., Fluor Energy and Chemicals; Khidirov, B., SOCAR; Asgar-zadeh, S., Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

The following case study describes the early development phases of SOCAR’s ongoing major revamp project at the Heydar Aliyev Refinery (HAR) in Baku, Azerbaijan, and its interface with the associated Azerikimya (AZK) steam cracking complex near Sumgait. References are made to the related SOCAR polymer project in Sumgayit, as well.

Additive solutions to SOx emissions in FCCUs

Genç, M., Dalgıç, E., Karani, U., Emiroglu, I., Er, I., Gül, A., Avcilar, S., Tüpraş; Ventham, T., Johnson Matthey Process Technologies

Sulfur oxide additives are typically based on hydrotalcite or magnesium aluminate spinel-type structures. Magnesium alumina is the pickup agent present in the most effective SOx additives on the market; therefore, to optimize SOx reduction, it is critical to maximize the amount of the critical magnesium component in the fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Digital: Improve chemical production with the IoT

If chemical companies want to remain competitive and move forward in a changing world, they must rapidly adopt innovative technologies.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 102—Use caution when specifying a safe hydrotesting distance

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Hydrotesting is performed on piping and vessels to verify their integrity.

Editorial Comment: Celebrating the latest advancements in HPI technology

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At the end of this month, Hydrocarbon Processing will honor the latest technological advances in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) at an awards gala.