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Plastics circularity: How to solve the challenge of retaining quality in recycled polymers

Businesses and governments around the world have united behind the vision of a circular economy for plastics.

Use straightforward troubleshooting and failure analysis to benefit the HPI
Paradies, M., System Improvements, Inc.; Bloch, H. P., Process Machinery Consulting

To operate reliably and profitably, oil refineries, petrochemical plants and gas processing facilities must avoid equipment failures.

Uncommon lessons: Shell-and-tube heat exchangers—Part 1
Daru, K., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; Panchal, A., Independent Consultant; Gala, P., Reliance Industries Ltd.

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers (STHEs) are the most common heat transfer process equipment in all types of industrial plants.

History of the HPI: The 1950s: Capacity expansion, HDPE/PP, polycarbonate, computers and rocket science
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The 1950s marked an evolution in the use of oil by nations around the world.

Investigation and diagnosis of startup foaming issues at a new tail gas treater

In May 2021, Phillips 66 started up a new methyl diethanolamine (MDEA)-based tail gas unit at its Belle Chasse, Louisiana, refinery.

The EPC executive’s challenge and opportunity: Navigating the sustainability shift in capital projects
Beck, R., Aspen Technology Inc.

According to an industry report published by McKinsey and Co., accelerating the decarbonization of the U.S. economy to achieve net-zero targets by 2050 will require approximately $275 T of cumulative capital spending over the next 30 yr.1

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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