- Global Energy Infrastructure
Special Report: Petrochemical Developments
Alternate feedstock options for petrochemicals: A roadmap
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Americas / Aromatics / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East / Polymers
New hydrocarbons will be needed to meet future demand
Consider new economics for purification on a small scale
For smaller methanol units, new designs balance energy cost against capital cost for long-term profitability
Optimize olefin operations
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Heat Transfer / Middle East / Polymers
This operating company used process models to find solutions to poor separation performance
Improve catalyst management at the FCC unit
System revamp reduces unloading time, boosts refinery operations
Bonus Report: Rotating Equipment
Understand multi-stage pumps and sealing options: Part 2
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Corrosion / Europe / Middle East / Pumps / Rotating Equipment
As more processes involve high-pressure, toxic, flammable, lethal or explosive pumping services, better knowledge of rotating equipment options can boost productivity.
Venting vapor streams: Predicting the outcome
Laminar and turbulent jet theories provide strong support when addressing cold venting situations
HP Automation Safety: The imaginary hacker
Under recent economic conditions, it is understandable that a control-system cyber-security audit is not the top priority for many plant operators. Less staff due to layoffs and deferred maintenance c..
HP Reliability: Pump alignment saves power
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East / Pumps / Rotating Equipment
Awareness of energy efficiency is one of the minimum job qualifications for reliability engineers. In the summer of 1994, Jack Lambley, then an intern at the Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Rocksav..
HPInsight: All hydrocarbons have a place in the global market; timing depends on economics
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Americas / Aromatics / Asia/Pacific / Environment / Europe / Middle East
Remaining profitable continues to be a critical issue for hydrocarbon processing facilities. Balancing new technology with government mandates is a thorny problem. Environmental issues add more cost t..
HP Integration Strategies: The journey to supply-chain excellence in refining and petrochemicals
In downstream refining and marketing, the handoff between manufacturing operations and product distribution and marketing is often performed in a sub-optimal manner. Most process manufacturing compani..
Trends and Resources
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Postcard from CERAWeekThe international availability of massive US shale gas resources could determine the fate of global gas prices over the next decade, said Paolo Scaroni, CEO of Italian oil and ga..
HP Impact: Energy for economic growth
Having proved resilient throughout the recent recession compared to other sectors, the energy industry has the potential to be a key engine of economic growth and recovery, according to a new study by..
HP Impact: Medium-voltage AC drives surge, thanks to energy market
While large project orders helped maintain the market size of medium-voltage AC drives in 2009, it also resulted in low growth in 2010 compared to other automation product markets. However, 2010 was s..
HP Impact: Canadian oil sands alliance
Canadian oil sands producers have formed a new alliance named Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), seeking to accelerate the pace of improving environmental performance in Canada’..
HP Impact: Polyurethane news from Riyadh
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) has signed a toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) and methylene di-phenyl isocyanate (MDI) technology license agreement with Mitsui Chemicals, under which Mitsui will provi..
HP Construction: North America
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Americas / Biofuels / Construction / Crude oil / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Gasoline / Polymers
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, L.P. has selected Exterran to design, manufacture and construct a natural gas-processing plant in South Texas. The project includes engineering, procurement and constructi..
HP Construction: Europe
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Europe / Gasoline
CB&I’s Lummus Technology business sector has been awarded two separate contracts by a client in Russia. The combined value of the contracts is approximately $120 million. The first contract was a..
HP Construction: Middle East
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Engineering & Design / Gasoline / Middle East / Polymers
Siemens Industry Automation Division is providing Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. (Takreer) with a Zimpro wet-air oxidation (WAO) system to treat refinery spent caustic as part of Takreer’s refinery e..
HP Construction: Asia Pacific
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Asia/Pacific / Construction / Crude oil / Engineering & Design / Gasoline / Polymers
The Shaw Group Inc. has a contract to provide the technology license and process design package for the revamp of Star Petroleum Refining Co.’s residue fluid catalytic-cracking (RFCC) unit in Map..
HP Construction Profile: Methanex targets US for relocation of capacity
Methanex plans to move at least one methanol plant from Chile to the US, seeking to capitalize on a trend of low natural gas prices and possible interest in gasoline alternatives.For now, the Canada-b..
HP Innovations: HPInnovations
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Biofuels / Catalysts / Corrosion / Gasification / Natural Gas / Piping / Polymers / Pumps / Safety / Utilities
Vessel monitoring system uses thermal cameras   Fig. 1.  This vessel monitoring software shows the exact   locations of imaging cameras. The Critical Vessel Monitoring System ..
Electronic ear muffs fit user-specific hearing-protection needs  MSA’s Left/RIGHT electronic hearing-protection ear muffs are different from other hearing protectors, as individual muffs are..
Communications platform enables global utilities to build and deploy grid-modernization systems The Grid IQ Network Communications Platform is an end-to-end, industrial-grade networking communications..
Catalyst 2012 Supplement
Crane launches Chinese website for energy flow solutions business
CRANE Energy Flow Solutions, a global provider of highly-engineered fluid handling solutions, this week launched its Chinese website module. “The introduction of our website content in Chinese represents CRANE’s commitment to customer service and satisfaction,” said Pines Wang with CRANE China.
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- China Shipbuilding’s and Lemissoler’s first methanol-fueled Ultramax bulk carrier receives ABS approval 12/8
- RTX's Pratt & Whitney Canada and Leonardo achieve first 100% SAF flight with AW139 helicopter 12/8
- Maersk to deploy first large methanol-enabled vessel on Asia - Europe trade lane 12/8
- Shell sees $6 B in oil and gas investments in Nigeria 12/8
- Mexico's Pemex eyeing later refinery start-up date, months after initial announcement 12/8
- Indonesia's Pertamina starts carbon injection tests in Sukowati oil and gas field 12/8
Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
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