December 2015


Special Report: Plant Design, Engineering and Construction

Improve acetylene hydrogenation selectivity using dynamic deactivation estimation
Wang, Z., Du, W., Qian, F., East China University of Science and Technology; Tian, L., SSPC; Jiang, D., ECUST

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (SSPC) has been closely working with the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) on technical research to improve operational efficiency, reduce energy consumption and increase ethylene production.

Improve FCC margins by processing more vacuum residue in feed
Shidhaye, H., Kukade, S., Rao, P. V. C., Choudary, N. V., Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL); Kumar, P., Hindustan Petroleum Green R&D Center, Hindustan Petroleum

With the greater processing of heavy crude oils in refineries, the importance of fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) has increased.

HP Top Project Awards

HP Top Project Awards 2015
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

Environment and Safety

Utilize distal flame architecture to decrease NOx emissions in combustion systems
Colannino, J., ClearSign Combustion Corp.

In part, the combustion of hydrocarbon fuels is responsible for significant gains in both the quantity and quality of life, and we burn these fuels more cleanly now than at any time in history.

Heat Exchange

Mitigate vibration issues in shell-and-tube heat exchangers
Dole, R., Sridhar, S., Vivekanand, S., L&T-Chiyoda Ltd.

Heat exchanger tubes tend to vibrate when influenced by crossflow velocities.

Process Control/Instrumentation

Optimize alkylation unit operation by using response surface methods
Bird, J., Seillier, D., Teders, M., Jacobson, G., Valero Energy Corp.

A new methodology can be used to optimize the operations of an alkylation unit based on response surface methods.

Process Engineering and Optimization

Use model predictive control to achieve real-time management of a DWC
Blevins, T., Emerson Process Management; Downs, J., Eastman Chemical Company; Donahue, M., Roach, B., University of Texas

A dividing-wall column (DWC) can provide significant savings in energy and capital cost compared to a conventional distillation column design.

Rotating Equipment

Compare pitot tube pumps with high-speed centrifugal pumps for low-flow applications
Khazrai, F., Eskandarlu, A., Chagalesh Consulting Engineers

When seeking a pump for a low-flow, high-head application, there is a temptation to choose a high-speed (HS) integral gear-driven centrifugal pump because of its advantages over multi-stage centrifugal and other types of pumps.


Advances in dry gas seal technology for compressors
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff; Carmody, C., AESSEAL plc

Compressor owner-operators now have unprecedented and solidly verifiable options.

Water Management

Improve performance and reduce costs of wastewater treatment plants
Putra, Z. A., TMC Chemical BV

The increasing costs of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) motivated a major specialty chemical plant to improve the performance of its treatment unit.


HP Editorial Comment: The global downstream construction boom will continue
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As we have seen over the past year and a half, low oil prices have spurred global consumption.

HP Reliability: No fast path to maintenance brilliance
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Many years ago, the vice president of a major steam turbine manufacturing company was called to give a legal deposition in Canada.

HP Automation Strategies: A portfolio approach to operations IT solutions management
Cosman, E. C., ARC Advisory Group

The need for more automated and efficient operations has led end users to accumulate large and increasingly complex collections of operations-related information technology (IT) solutions.

HP Global: Forthcoming tax hike could hamper Russian refining
Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

Russia plans to increase the volume of oil it refined this year, despite Western sanctions and the ever-deteriorating business environment, according to an official spokesperson for Alexander Novak, Russia’s minister of energy.

HP Viewpoint: Interesting times to continue for refiners in 2016
Vaineri, H., Vainieri Consulting

A year ago in this publication, John England and Ashnu Mittal were prescient in their article titled “US shale revolution set to spill over into downstream.”

HP Industry Perspectives: ‘Best of 2015’ reflects on significant year for downstream

As 2015 comes to a close, Hydrocarbon Processing is once again examining the most popular developments from the past year with regard to the global refining, petrochemical and LNG/gas processing industries.

HP Business Trends
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Despite the delay or cancellation of some projects due to low oil prices, total active downstream project investments are near an all-time high.

HP Industry Metrics
Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Global refinery margins fell due to the expectations of a mild winter and an oversupply environment.

HP Global Project Data
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As 2015 comes to a close, new project numbers globally are down year-over-year.

HP Innovations
Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The FM-approved FireChek thermal shutoff valve with resettable memory shape alloy can now be used to automatically shut down a pneumatic control system when a nearby fire occurs, or when the ambient temperature reaches 135°F, 150°F or 165°F.

HP People
Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Michael D. Scott has been named an International Society of Automation (ISA) Fellow, a distinguished grade that is granted to ISA senior members in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific or engineering fields.