Nichols, Lee

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, Texas

Industry Perspectives: Innovative technologies for a sustainable future: IRPC returns as an in-person event

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late September, Hydrocarbon Processing will again host the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) as an in-person event—the technical symposium has been held virtually since early 2021.

Editorial Comment: Although more than 170 yr old, the modern refining industry continues to evolve

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As detailed in Hydrocarbon Processing’s History of the HPI series, the modern oil refining industry traces its origin back nearly 170 yr. The industry has not only propelled much of the world to a higher standard of living, but has also created new products and technologies that have extended life expectancies, created modern societies and lifesaving equipment, and revolutionized the way people travel and communicate.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1990s: Process optimization, fuel quality and environmental compliance

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The future is best described in three phases: Drivers for change, current responses and projections.

History of the HPI: The 1990s: Clean fuels and emissions mitigation, M&A, GTL and the fieldbus wars

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Much like several initiatives passed in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s were a decade heavily focused on environmental issues, with many new regulations being enacted to not only mitigate industrial and vehicle emissions but also to advance the production of clean fuels globally.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1980s: Energy efficiency, advanced process controls, improved maintenance and a focus on the environment

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Can a computer reduce your maintenance?

History of the HPI: The 1980s: Oil spike/collapse, liquid crystals, conducting polymers and the rise of AR/VR

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Several major impactful events took place in the global oil and gas and petrochemical industries in the 1980s.

Editorial Comment: No flow, no go: Stressing the importance of flow control technologies

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

One of the most critical aspects of plant operations is controlling the flow of liquids and gases throughout refining and petrochemical process units.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 1H 2022, new capital projects have declined 19% vs. 1H 2021.

Industry Perspectives: Hydrocarbon Processing’s Mid-Year Update webcast to be held in late June

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past several years, the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has been engaged in a whirlwind of peaks and valleys.

Editorial Comment

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is filled with unique and innovative people that stive to provide technologies, processes and services to better the industry in which they work.