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Business Trends: Executives’ focus on lean management leaves companies exposed to risk during crises
Bahr, N., DuPont Sustainable Solutions

In the wake of an extraordinary year marred by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the author’s company released the results of its 2021 Operational Risk Management Survey1 of executives, a barometer of the topics that dominate boardroom discussions around the world.

Editorial Comment: HPI spending forecast to reach nearly $490 B in 2022
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Each year, the editors of Hydrocarbon Processing provide the latest trends and spending forecast for the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).

Hydrocarbon Processing's Top Project Awards
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects, as chosen by HP editors and readers

Impact plant performance by improving the steam system
Walter, J. P., TLV Corp.

Petrochemical plants and refineries face production and profitability challenges on multiple fronts.

Establish the maximum allowable pressure drop across the catalyst bed structure in a hydrocracker
Kittur, A., Saudi Aramco

The reaction section of a hydrocracker unit has three reactors configured in two stages.

Choosing an FCCU CO promoter is no longer driven by NOx emissions

Fluidized catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) form coke during the reaction that combusts in the regenerator and supplies heat for the process.

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Total active projects by region and sector, excluding holds

Data provided by Global Energy Infrastructure. 

Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,100 projects around the world. At 40%, the Asia-Pacific region holds the largest market share in total active projects followed by the Middle East and the U.S. These three regions represent nearly 70% of all active projects in the hydrocarbon processing industry.

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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight

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Project: Al-Zour PRIZe project
Location: Al Zour, Kuwait
Operator: KIPIC
Cost: 8000
Capacity: 330,000 tpy
Completion date: 2026
Status: Engineering
Project: Qingzou PDH plant
Location: Qinzhou, China
Operator: Shanghai Huayi
Cost: 1300
Capacity: 750,000 tpy
Completion date: 2022
Status: Engineering
Project: Karbala refinery
Location: Karbala, Iraq
Operator: SCOP
Cost: 6000
Capacity: 140,000 bpd
Completion date: 2022
Status: Under construction
Project: Pulau Muara Besar Integrated complex-Phase 2
Location: Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei
Operator: Brunei Hengyi Industries
Cost: 13650
Capacity: 14 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Planning/proposed