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Keep liquid analysis invisible in refineries

Joseph, D., Rosemount Analytical

The hidden heroes of hydrocarbon processing plants are the liquid analyzers, especially the pH and conductivity loops. Unlike their flashier cousins in gas analysis, these analyzers operate behind the..

Convert heavy oil residue into synthetic fuel

Kresnyak, S., Price, S., Wagner, J., Expander Energy

Over the past several decades, oil extractors and refiners have been maximizing the production of easy-to-drill, high-quality light sweet oil, mostly concentrated on the Arabian Peninsula. With “..

HP News

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Country spotlight: KazakhstanAccording to data from the Kazakhstan Ministry of Oil and Gas, the country’s three oil refineries processed nearly 14.3 million tons (MMt) of crude in 2013. The 2013 ..

Case history: Characterization of shale oils and heat exchanger performance

Sayles, S., Romero, S., KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.

LTOs are paraffinic, low in asphaltenes but high in filterable solids. Understanding the impact of these mechanisms can shed light on preheat exchanger performance and the prediction of fouling rates.

HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: Kuwait eyes top spot in Middle East clean fuels production

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Kuwait National Petroleum Co. is investing $31 billion in projects to modernize the country's Mina Abdullah and Mina Al-Ahmadi refineries, as well as to construct the region's largest refinery, the Al-Zour plant. Once completed, these projects will reshape Kuwait's refining sector.

Reliable gauges improve safety and reliability

Deane, J., WIKA Instrument

Caustic. Flammable. Corrosive. When these adjectives describe the agents that you work with every day, keeping them contained safely is of paramount concern. But what would you say if you knew that th..

HP Water Management: Best practices for RO operations

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Widespread use of reverse osmosis (RO) technology in industrial applications began in the late 1980s, following the introduction of polyamide materials that had a significantly higher permeate flow an..

HP News

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US, Norway seek to improve CO2 capture The US and Norway have announced their commitment to support the global carbon capture and storage (CCS) test center network. In a joint release, the two co..

HP Brief

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

After a bitter labor battle, INEOS Grangemouth reopensINEOS Grangemouth (UK) has reopened its petrochemicals plant and oil refinery in Scotland. The reopening comes after negotiations with the employe..

HP Impact: Fossil fuels dominate global primary energy consumption

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Oil, natural gas and coal accounted for 87% of global primary energy consumption in 2012, according to a new Worldwatch Institute study. The relative weight of these energy sources keeps shifting, alt..