Safety

Safety: Strategic considerations in contemporary process safety management

Shah, G. C., Wood Group

During this unprecedented industry crisis spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the process industry’s response has been multi-faceted, showing its generosity and humanitarian side, as well as its collective resilience to an environment filled with formidable challenges.

Maintenance: Zero-based, custom-built, reliability-driven—A new kind of maintenance organization

Reed, D., Eastman Chemical Company; Thompson, M., Consultant

In the October 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the authors published an article—“Improving plant performance by changing a maintenance culture”—describing the first two years of Eastman Chemical Co.’s Longview, Texas site’s journey to maintenance excellence, which began in 2016.

Mitigate transient/hydraulic surge in liquid pipelines with nozzle check valves

Khiani, G. N., GAPV Inc.

Liquid pipelines often come across hydraulic transients, which can damage pipelines and associated equipment (i.e., pumps, valves, stations, etc.).

Hydrocarbon Processing 2020 Awards WINNERS

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

When toxic risk cannot be prevented, mitigate consequences of H2S with fluid curtains

Benintendi, R., Megaris, Ltd.

Toxic risk preferably should be controlled according to Kletz’s inherent safety principle, which consists of some preventive golden rules, notably minimize, substitute, moderate and simplify.

How valve upgrades can improve tank and terminal facility operations

Tank and terminal facility profitability ultimately rests on a handful of key performance indicators (KPIs). The ability to maximize tank capacity utilization—while minimizing the time it takes to load and unload ships, trucks and rail cars—drives the bottom line. All those transfers must happen quickly and accurately, while avoiding product contamination.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards 2020—FINALISTS

This special section details all finalists within each category for the fourth annual HP Awards. The winners will be announced on Oct. 1.

Project Management: Reduce installation schedule for column trays

Dixit, P., Consultant

The implementation of a project schedule must avoid slippage, which can lead to budget overruns and delays in commissioning and production. Conversely, a reduction in project schedule results in an early startup of the plant, creating advantage for stakeholders. Customers often demand reductions in schedule timelines, which can be difficult for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors to implement. New innovations like concurrent engineering, modular construction, prefabricated pipe racks and structures, etc., are already in practice.

Reliability: Phased reopening of reliability improvement businesses

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Like many thousands of educational and operator training-related endeavors, reliability improvement training was abruptly suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted daily life as it was known prior to 2020.

Editorial Comment: Optimizing operations and recognizing achievements

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the next two months, Hydrocarbon Processing will host two separate events for a global audience. One will gather the brightest minds in the industry to share the latest innovations and technologies in the industry, while the other will recognize the leaders in advancing the industry toward safer and more reliable, sustainable and profitable operations. Both events—Hydrocarbon Processing’s IRPC and the HP Awards—will be streamed on digital platforms and free to view.