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Digitalization in refineries: A strategic roadmap for operational excellence—Part 1
KBC, a Yokogawa Company: Gardner, J.  |  McMullan, A.

The refinery industry is one of the biggest industries worldwide. According to Statista, the global oil refinery capacity tipped 100 MMbpd in 2022. This capacity reflects nearly a twofold increase since 1970.

Improve specialty chemical production through digital transformation
Emerson: McEleney, T.

From large petrochemical plants to smaller-scale specialty chemical operations, digital transformation is a significant technology and operational improvement trend throughout the global chemical industry.

Optimize process performance and reduce emissions by using process analyzers
AMETEK Process Instruments: Burton, H.  |  Gaura, M.  |  Geiger, J.

Whether a refinery process involves the creation of fuels from crude oil or the production of biogas, process analysis can help to address the many challenges involved in operations.

Six reasons oil and gas organizations must implement an industrial cybersecurity program
ABS Group: Bramson, I.

Oil and gas companies must focus on building robust industrial cybersecurity programs to prevent and respond to the next attack.

Plastic pyrolysis oils as feedstock for steam crackers: Opportunities and challenges—Part 2
Linde Engineering: Delhomme-Neudecker, C.  |  Schödel, N.  |  Tóta, Á.  |  Schmidt, G.

Plastic waste is a worldwide challenge. To reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint, the plastics industry is striving to increase circularity by using plastic pyrolysis oils (pyoils) from waste plastics as steam cracker feedstock.

Practical examples and considerations in designing emergency depressurizing systems
Saudi Aramco: Tijani, A.
Siemens: Rodrigues, H.  |  Safar, A.

Process operating facilities typically process large inventories of gas and volatile hydrocarbon liquids at high pressures, which have the potential of posing major hazards during emergency incidents—such as fire, loss of containment or operating excursion.

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Project: Long Son Petrochemicals Complex
Location: Long Son, Vietnam
Operator: Siam Cement Group
Cost: $5.4 B
Capacity: 1.65 MMtpy
Completion date: completionDate
Status: Under Construction
Project: Huizhou Petrochemical Complex
Location: Huizhou, China
Operator: ExxonMobil
Cost: $10 B
Capacity: 1.6 MMtpy
Completion date: completionDate
Status: Under construction
Project: Visakh Refinery
Location: Visakhapatnam, India
Operator: Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.
Cost: $3.1 B
Capacity: 134,000 bpd
Completion date: completionDate
Status: Under Construction
Project: LyondellBasell PO/TBA Complex
Location: Channelview, Texas (U.S.)
Operator: LyondellBasell
Cost: $2.4 B
Capacity: 1.47 MMtpy
Completion date: completionDate
Status: Under Construction
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