Case history: Modernization of Russia’s refining industry—Part 1

Levinbuk, M., RAS, A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas; Galkin, V. V., Makhiyanov, V., Gazprom Neft

Russian laws governing transportation fuels and crude oil have undergone many changes. These regulatory changes will involve the revamping of Russia’s refining industry. At present, this nation h..

Which margin levers impact Group I and Group II base stock competitiveness?—Part 2

Moncrieff, I., Kline and Co., Inc.

This is the second in a two-part series assessing the struggle taking place between Group I and Group II/III for market control and price formation in the global base stocks industry. Part I provided ..

How sensitive is your treating plant to operating conditions?

Weiland, R., Optimized Gas Treating, Inc.; Schultes, M., Raschig GmbH; Maharaj, N., Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago; Praderio, A., ConocoPhillips; Santos, J., INEOS Americas

A normal expectation in the course of operating an amine treating plant for acid gas removal is that small changes in operating conditions will result in correspondingly small responses in plant performance. However, such expectations are not always well founded. To establish credibility for the process simulator used in the design of a new LNG plant, the mass-transfer rate-based simulation results for the new plant are compared with performance data from an operating LNG plant.

HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: South Africa—Africa’s clean fuels leader?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In response to new legislation, refiners around the world are implementing operational and processing changes to reduce sulfur levels in their transportation fuels.

Automate furnace controls to improve safety and energy efficiency

Mickity, D., Phillips 66

Furnace firing is the biggest single operating expense in any refinery. Consider a medium-size refinery (250,000 bpd) that consumes 2,000 MMBtu/h. At a cost of $5/MMBtu, that’s $87.6 MM/yr being ..

HP Industry Metrics

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The total liquid supply growth by non-OPEC countries continues to rise and is estimated to reach 54 million bpd (MMbpd) in 2014. Increasing crude oil supplies from North America are contributing to sh..

What every refiner should know about nitrogen generation and delivery

Connaughton, D., Parker Hannifin

Generating N2 on-demand is a sustainable and energy-efficient approach.

US shale gas elevates petrochemical markets

Seelam, L., Traver, S., Gaffney, Cline & Associates

The development of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies has led to the rapid exploitation of US shale gas resources. This increase in shale gas production has led to a change in the US energy mix.

HP News

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

 Irving Oil refinery begins $60-million turnaroundA major turnaround is underway at Irving Oil’s refinery in Saint John, Canada. It began in early March and is expected to last until mid-Ap..

Case study: Service life assessment of boiler superheater tubes

van Zyl, G., Al-Meshari, A., Al-Shahrani, S., SABIC Technology Centre

Boilers are used in petrochemical facilities to generate steam that can be used to meet process and utility requirements. Many industrial boiler designs can be shop assembled and are therefore referre..