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Special Report: Refinery of the Future
Turning a Tier 3 profit
The continued reduction in refined product sulfur specifications has revolutionized the industry’s landscape over the last decade, increasing the importance of hydrotreating solutions.
How to cost-effectively adapt to a tight oil world
The increase in domestic production of light tight oil (LTO) has resulted in rapid shifts to processing these crudes in North American (NA) refineries.
Use advanced automation and project management to simplify refinery construction
Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Construction / Engineering & Design / Information Systems
Process automation in oil refineries is undergoing major changes, driven by customers frustrated by what they consider to be slow and incremental advances from the main automation OEMs in the industry.
European refiner revamps delayed coker to meet Euro 5 specifications
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Catalysts / Europe / Loss Prevention
This case study chronicles how the European refiner Rompetrol Rafinare SA upgraded its Petromidia refinery in Navodari, Romania, includingthe revamping the delayed coker unit (DCU) to address existing operating problems.
Bonus Report: LNG
US liquefaction projects to drive global expansion of LNG trade
Gas Processing/LNG / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Economics / Engineering & Design
Hydrocarbon Processing spoke to Andrew Slaughter, executive director for the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, about the state of the LNG industry and how trade patterns and project slates could change in the upcoming years.
China’s ‘energy revolution’ strives for sustainable growth
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Asia/Pacific / Catalysts / Construction / Crude oil / Diesel / Gas to liquids (GTL) / Gasoline / Greenhouse Gases / Management / Naphtha
China's energy demand, particularly for petroleum and other liquids, is rapidly increasing as its industrial and transportation infrastructures expand.
A data-driven, experience-based approach to workforce optimization
There are alternatives for implementing successful and sustainable staffing changes. Staffing changes for the purpose of improving profitability should be viewed as an optimization process rather than a reduction process.
Automate environmental monitoring at petrochemical plants with LIMS
Environment & Safety / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Middle East
Environmental regulations can add to the cost of doing business in the petrochemical industry, so making compliance more efficient and less expensive is a bottom-line priority.
Better risk-management methods ensure project success
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Americas / Construction / Engineering & Design
Management of project risk is a challenge under normal times, and this crucial activity is exasperated in complex projects as a result of the shale gas revolution.
HP Editorial Comment: Courage amid challenge and change
HP Reliability: Trends from the 2015 AFPM Maintenance and Reliability Conference
Over the decades, there have been good and not-so-good trends presented at this event, and the 2015 maintenance and reliability conference was no exception.
HP Automation Strategies: Safety lifecycle management challenges in hydrocarbon processing plants
Many automation and SIS vendors to the downstream HPI do not provide safety lifecycle management software that extends beyond initial commissioning work. In many cases, only the bare minimum SIF proof testing has been performed for the most critical protective and mitigative functions.
HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 85: Learnings on hydraulically fitted hubs
Hubs connect one piece of machinery to another, usually with some flexible coupling between them. Installers have only limited time to work with the hot hub. When incorrectly positioned, it may have to be removed, which has the potential of damaging the shaft end.
HP Global: Investment in Egypt’s downstream on the rise
Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Middle East
Egypt is adopting a mix of investment strategies in refinery upgrades and construction of new capacity to meet the nation’s target for more high-quality light and middle distillate products and a reduction of transportation fuel imports.
HP Petrochemicals: Higher international sales boost 2015 earnings above forecast for many chemical leaders
Raw materials costs continue to stay low in the US thanks to the shale boom, but the global decline in oil markets has eroded selling prices for many of the nation’s domestic chemicals and plastics producers.
HP Viewpoint: Advice for the downstream: Keep the faith
Charles Drevna is a distinguished senior fellow of the Institue for Energy Research and the former president of AFPM. He was president of the trade association, formerly known as NPRA, from 2007 until May 2015.
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Up-to-dateata tables and figures illustrate the state of the worldwide HPI, including cracking spreads, margins and utilization rates.
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