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

November 2004


Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Control refinery NOx with SCRs
Preem Raffinaderi AB: Damgaard, L.
Haldor Topsoe: Schroter, M.
Alstom Power: Widroth, B.

Installing new technology provided this refiner with more flexibility with fuel gas and reduced total plant emissions

Consider dual magnetic hermetic bearing housing seals to protect both assets and the environment
AESSEAL plc: Rehmann, C.

Here's where they can be used to improve reliability and reduce emissions from oil-mist lubrication systems

Consider fast-track solution to increase crude production
Siemens Water Technologies: Schultz, T. E.
Calcasieu Refining: Bennett, T.

This Gulf-Coast refinery used an innovative approach to debottleneck wastewater treatment to raise site processing capability

Intelligent alarm management in a petroleum refinery
Wuhan Petrochemical Works: Liu, J.
National University of Singapore: Ho, W. K.  |  Lim, K. W.  |  Srinivasan, R.  |  Tan, K. C.

Statistical process control and an expert system reduced nuisance alarms

Laboratory/Online Analyzers

NIR analyzer installation in multiple product streams
Koch HC Partnership B.V.: Smits, R.  |  van Zevenbergen, R.

Using multipurpose instrumentation can save time and money

Management Guidelines

Fine-tune your listening skills
WorleyParsons: Eskaros, M. G.

Active listening is one of the most important tools a leader can apply. It facilitates greater understanding of situations, challenges and, most importantly, of the people who do the work


Introduction to NACE standard MR0103
Motiva Enterprises: Brown, J. C.
Emerson Process Management/Fisher Controls Intl. LLC: Bush, D. R.
Shell Global Solutions International BV: Lewis, K .R.

Use these materials to reduce sulfide stress cracking in corrosive refinery environments

Plant Safety and Environment

Improve sulfur recovery operations
John M. Campbell & Co.: Armstrong, T.

When this unit fails, environmental violations are possible

Process Safety/Environment

'Proven-in-use' criteria for safety instrumented systems
exida LLC: van Beurden, I.  |  Amkreutz, R.

Use these guidelines to qualify equipment


HP Reliability: Consider casting salvaging methods
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Repair-welding process machinery cast components is frequently not possible. Fortunately, however, there are salvaging methods that do not involve welding: Controlled-atmosphere furnace brazing ..

HP Water Management: Should you install an online hardness analyzer?
MarTech Systems, Inc.: Huchler, L. A.

Manufacturers have improved the reliability of online hardness analyzers, increasing the feasibility to automate many water treatment units. The most common applications are boiler feedwater quality a..

HP Integration Strategies: Seeing beyond the hype for wireless sensor networks
ARC Advisory Group: Forbes, H.

It is difficult to find a trade, business or even a general news publication that has not given extensive coverage to recent developments in the field of wireless sensor networks (WSNs). With this lev..

HPIn Europe: The $3,500 metric ton of gasoline
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Wright, Tim L.

They're doing some unusual things with alkylate here. ?Here? being on the archipelago where I live in Sweden. There's alkylate in little plastic tanks and on the pump at a local station here. Now it a..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

Building products defend against explosions A joint collaboration has developed a new patent-pending construction technology. The new construction materials can be cost-effectively used to build bla..

New Developments

Software delivers greater control Process Perfecter version 7 is claimed to allow manufacturers to reduce energy costs, get more capacity from existing assets and differentiate their products. New f..

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

Valero Energy Corp. has approved funding for its McKee refinery. CB&I Matrix, a CB&I subsidiary, is performing engineering, procurement and construction for the project which is valued at approximatel..

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

Linde's technology group and ENAP Refinerías S.A., The National Chilean Oil Co. ENAP subsidiary, has a 15-year contract for hydrogen supply. This project is claimed to be the first onsite project..

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

FUTURE ENERGY GmbH (FE), Freiberg, Germany, formerly NOELL KRC and BBP Power Plants, has a contract with Chemoprojekt a.s., Prague, Czech Republic. The agreement is for extended basic engineering work..

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

QNI Pty Ltd, a wholly owned BHP Billiton subsidiary, has a contract with Aker Kvaerner Australia Pty Ltd. The agreement is for preliminary studies and engineering, procurement and construction managem..

Free Literature

Onsite hydrogen generation Making hydrogen onsite with a HOGEN hydrogen generator from Proton Energy Systems is said to be the new cost-efficient way to meet your hydrogen needs. These generators of..

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

  Upswing in India's product demand After three years of ..

HP Impact: Managing risks: Improve link between Seveso II and business performance
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The HPI can use the process of compliance with the Seveso II directive as a stimulant to improve not only its safety and environmental performance, but also its business performance, says Graham Benne..

HP Impact: HPImpact: LNG resources 'loom as critical' for future of US manufacturing
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The growing cost of energy is one of a host of current challenges facing US manufacturers, but the ability to expand imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at reasonable cost could help rebuild the gl..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Methanol: 18 MMton net new capacity to 2009
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Global methanol supply and demand remains in a stalemate, according to a new industry analysis. "The proverbial planned and unplanned production outages, the delay of two world-scale facility startups..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Price of natural gas, emissions cleanup rules drive coal markets
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Prices for natural gas will have a profound impact on the markets for US steam coal, according to a new long-range forecast of the coal and electricity industries by Hill & Associates. The forecast al..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Worldwide capacity tightens for some major petrochemicals
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Global pricing for light and heavy feedstocks greatly affects costs and margins for petrochemicals producers. In particular, the pricing of natural gas, oil derivatives and propylene has an enormous i..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Product variables could 'chill' US heating oil season

Refinery capacity restraints, European regulatory issues, high demand for diesel and gasoline, and Old Man Winter could have a "chilling" impact on supply. So says an ICF Consulting report that cautio..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

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