Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

April 2002


Special Report: Plant Design and Retrofitting

Centralized control room operates five process units
Halliburton KBR: Shuman, G.  |  Walker-Peek, S.

The ‘stretch’ thinking of project team members produced an innovative building in just one and a half years

Improve the capital investment decision-making process

A comprehensive workflow methodology and supporting technology framework offer a solid approach to strategically managing assets, before a company invests major resources

Should you change to contract maintenance and operations?
Polaris Veritas Inc.: Price, B.

Here are the major considerations and contractor evaluation tips

Survival guide for a fieldwork assignment
E-Technology, LLC: Gay, J. L.

Here are practical tips to help prepare for a journey to the real world of process plants

Treat a drawings update program as a healthy investment
Visiting Faculty, Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology: Goyal, O. P.

Having access to detailed, current engineering designs is essential for the safety and efficiency of process plants

Engineering Case Histories

Case 8: Analyzing a leaking heat exchanger gasket
Consulting Engineer: Sofronas, A.

Thermal upsets can cause this problem


The safe automation gap – Part 1
SIS-Tech Solutions, LLC: Summers, A.

An organization's safety culture can help bridge this void

Rotating Equipment/Reliability

Low technology approach to better machinery reliability
Consulting Engineer: Cummings, J.

Several basic steps can give good results

Valves/Heat Transfer

Stop welding on my valve
Controls Southeast, Inc.: Gaines, H.

Bolt-on jacketing works in 95% of jacketed applications and eliminates risk of failure


HP Control: Process automation at a crossroads
ARC Advisory Group: Woll, D.

The information revolution has profoundly changed our lives. The changes have primarily been focused on how we deal with information on a personal level and how companies deal with the..

HP Reliability: First priority: pick the ripe, low-hanging fruit
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

In September 1999, we met with the reliability team of a well-known petrochemical company - let's call them "WKPC" - to discuss ways to improve the company's reliability performance. A..

HP Automation Safety: Safety in software
exida LLC: Goble, W.

It seems like everything I touch lately that has software in it is going bad. My desktop (PC) performance has deteriorated so badly that I decided to give it a lobotomy and reformat th..

HPInternet: Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA)
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

If you find yourself in the downstream marketing of gasoline, here is a site you must become very familiar with (http://www.sigma.org/). This site is particularly necessary if you are an ..

HP Insight: A not so silent spring for MTBE
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

The furor surrounding MTBE twists and turns this Spring. In mid-February, results from the Stillwater Associates' draft report, "MTBE phase out in California," to the California Energy ..

HP Water Management: What about reverse osmosis?
MarTech Systems, Inc.: Huchler, L. A.

Reverse osmosis (RO) technology has improved and become a common method to purify water for boiler makeup. A wealth of technical information is available that addresses how RO systems ..

HP Impact: ‘War for talent’ continues, says survey of executives
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Despite widespread workforce reductions in the U.S. during the last several months, the "war for talent" continues, with leadership and management leading senior executives' lists of t..

HP Impact: Conference assesses energy markets in North America
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Examining strategies and approaches to meet North America's current and future energy needs, including the option of a continental energy strategy, was the focus of a multinational con..

HP Impact: Study identifies flowmeter applications
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The worldwide magnetic flowmeter market is expected to show solid growth over the next several years. Worldwide sales of magnetic flowmeters totaled $574 million in 2000 and are projec..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Pipe support optimization aids front-end design ASD Global offers a Pipe Support Optimizer product, claimed to addvalue to its existing Optimized Plant Design suite. The product isbased on advanced so..

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

Exida.com, LLC, Sellersville, Pennsylvania, is forming an operating and engineering companies consortium in the process industries. The goal is to develop procedure and reference data ..

New Developments: New Developments

Epoxy grout forms mounting pads, rebuilds concreteDeep Pour Grout is a 100% solids, filled-epoxy compound that issaid to be suitable for forming mounting pads to 6 in. deep;rebuilding spalled concrete..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

CB&I completes LNG project CB&I has completed the design, detail engineering, material supply, fabrication, project management, construction, startup and operator training for the 4 bil..

Free Literature

Reformulyzer analysis of gasoline containing ethanolApplication note outlines how AC Analytical Controls Inc.'sReformulyzer ensures gasoline meets environmental regulations. Thisfully automated gas ch..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

California decides to delay ban on MTBE as a fuel additive. On March 15, Governor Gray Davis issued a new timeline for MTBE phaseout to be extended one year - to January 2004. The Gove..

HP Impact: New controversy swirls over renewable fuel standard
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) have joined in a framework agreement regarding changes to the fuels provision of a Senate energy bill. ..

HP Impact: Positive signs observed for Thailand’s HPI economy
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The Thai petroleum industry follows the Thai economy. "For the first time in years, there seems to be a slow but positive underlying trend toward recovery," says a report by Dr. Fereid..

HP Impact: Clean fuels: estimated $7 billion in U.S. refinery capital spending
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

In 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Tier II sulfur mandates, as part of the Clean Fuels Program. These required lowering the sulfur concentration in gasolin..

HP Impact: Supporting construction industry innovation
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

In a competitive and high-risk industry like the construction industry, cooperation among individual contractors, subcontractors, owners and designers is imperative. Technological impr..

HP Impact: Trends spurring growth in biofilters, scrubbers
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Orders for scrubbers and adsorbers will grow from $4.6 billion in 2002 to $5.8 billion in 2006, according to a new forecast from the McIlvaine Co. (www.mcilvainecompany.com). Included ..

HP Impact: Corp. accountability plan ‘misses mark,’ says analyst
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

In the wake of the Enron scandal, President Bush has announced a plan he said would improve corporate disclosure, add to the oversight of accountants and create new penalties for execu..


Improve benzene production from refinery sources

A new cracking route reduces cost of benzene while coproducing ethylene

The turnaround season
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

It's risky to predict the course of economic trends, particularly for refined products' demand and pricing. But analysts continue to make attempts at prognostication. Recently, several..