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

May 2002



Optimize surge vessel control
Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions: la Grange, T. G.
ProSys Engineering Pty Ltd.: Taylor, A. J.

Proportional only algorithm complements multivariable predictive control

Heat Transfer/Reliability

Heat integration complicates heat pump troubleshooting
Stratus Engineering, Inc.: Schneider, D. F.

An engineering review discovered the root-cause of the problem, saving a considerable capital expenditure


The safe automation gap – Part 2
SIS-Tech Solutions, LLC: Summers, A.

SIS design, operation and maintenance are critical tools to bridge this division

Loss Prevention/Management

International Informer
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

SABIC is acquiring DSM Petrochemical (DPC). All DPC shares, associated DPC participations, sales activities and related technology positions, patents and trade names will be transferred..

Cost-effective emissions reductions through leak detection, repair

Study discovers a potential for at least $205,000 in annual savings


HP Control: Standards and the IT revolution
Texas Consultants: Bosler, W. H.

After reading several views on standards, it became apparent that there is an additional role for standards - helping to keep engineering work in the developed countries by leveraging I..

HP Reliability: Upgrading with ring lubricated tilt pad bearings
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Many types of rotating machines such as pumps, electric motors, fans, generators, blowers, small turbines and gearboxes operate using two axially grooved, oil ring lubricated bearings. ..

HPInternet: Energy library

Bill Crowley, Contributing Editor I don't know about you, but when I was a growing youngster, I loved to spend hours at the city library. I could sit for hours with all those books and ente..

HP Water Management: Improve non-oxidizing microbiological control in your cooling water system
MarTech Systems, Inc.: Huchler, L. A.

Chlorine is the most commonly used chemical for microbiological control in open cooling water systems. Typically, bromine is applied in small cooling towers and systems with alkaline wa..

HP Automation Safety: Assessing HPI terrorism risk
exida LLC: Marsza, E. M.

The events of September 11, 2001 have caused many HPI managers to consider the risk of their facilities becoming potential targets. Intelligence that has been gathered and publicly diss..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Quick, extensive analyses for refinery gases Alpha Omega's new GEANNA system analyzes C1 though C8 hydrocarbons, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen in as ..

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

United Electric Controls (UE), Watertown, Massachusetts, a threshold detection and switching products manufacturer, is acquiring series 360 and 460 compact stainless steel pressure swit..

New Developments

Web-powered consulting services With Haldor Topsøe's new Web-powered consulting service, buyers of the company's catalyst can securely connect in real time to one of its experts who wil..

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

Consortium revamping BASF plant Technip-Coflexip and Asahi Kasei Corp. have a lump sum contract, worth 50 million euros, with BASF AG, converting a diaphragm chlor-alkali plant to membrane ..

Free Literature

Products for the natural gas industry AMETEK Process Instruments' CD-ROM for the natural gas industry is said to be its most comprehensive and far-ranging release to date. It covers the..

HP Impact: CMAI petrochemical conference outlook
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The state of the industry and near-term strategic issues were the focus of CMAI's annual petrochemical conference. Principal economic drivers for an anticipated industry recovery were e..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

The article, "How to efficiently plan a grassroots refinery" (June 2001), describes factors that play a role in extending refinery capacity.1 One of the most important strateg..


Natural gas – working within the bubble
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

History constantly reinforces that 1) energy prices are extremely volatile and 2) the demand for energy continues to increase. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) 21-year..

HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

World energy consumption is projected to increase 60% from 1999 to 2020. In the recently released International Energy Outlook 2002 from EIA (www.eia.doe.gov), global energy use is fore..