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

August 2016


Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Analyze abnormal operations of an HDS reactor loop with dynamic simulation
Wood Group Mustang: Garcia, O.  |  Shipman, R.  |  Tong, C.  |  Palmer, R. E.

Hydrodesulfurization units are used in a petroleum refinery to process a variety of feeds to alter composition via the addition of hydrogen.

Extend ethylene plant run length with compressor chemical treatment
Nalco Champion: Hancock, J. M.  |  Rodrigues, S.

An aging ethylene plant historically suffered from plant run length limiting compressor fouling that resulted in a loss of polytropic efficiency and intercooler backpressure buildup.

Boost capacity of SRUs with mixing devices for oxygen enrichment
Engineers India Ltd.: Rajasekhar, M.  |  Thakare, V. D.  |  Srivardhan, G.  |  Jayanti, V. K.  |  Nambiar, D. K. R.  |  Singh, S. R.  |  Shukla, V.

The requirement for additional sulfur recovery unit capacity in a refinery may stem from hydroprocessing operations; a refinery expansion project; a shift from lighter to heavier, sourer crudes to improve margins; or the need to remove extra sulfur content to meet tighter environmental regulations.

Bonus Report: LNG

Cylindrical hull concept improves design for offshore FLNG production
Sevan Marine ASA: Odeskaug, L.
Consultant: Mokhatab, S.

As demand for natural gas remains high, the development of offshore stranded gas fields via floating liquefied natural gas production technology will aid sustained growth.

Process Engineering and Optimization

Choose the most appropriate modeling approach for reactors
Reliance Industries Ltd.: Jain, A. A.  |  Gupta, A.

The efficient operation and design of any reactor depends on the know-how regarding the chemical reaction and the hydrodynamics inside the reactor.

Distillation—Then and now
GTC Technology US, LLC: Gentry, J. C.  |  Bhargava, M.
GTC Process Equipment Technology: Binkley, M. J.

Distillation is the most often used means to separate two or more components, exploiting the physical properties of different boiling points.

Maintenance and Reliability

Design operations-and-maintenance-friendly pressure vessels—Part 1
The Augustus Group: Murti, D. G.

Many scholarly articles have been published on the design, selection and fabrication of pressure vessels.

Process Control and Instrumentation

Utilize genetic programming to develop new point efficiency correlation
Iran University of Science and Technology: Kasiri, N.  |  Jouybanpour, P.
Isfahan University of Technology: Reza Ehsani, M.

Distillation is one of the most used separation operations in the chemical and petroleum industries.

Water Management

Experience with naphtha in sour water emulsions generated in a fractionator overhead accumulator
Syncrude Canada Ltd.: McKnight, C.  |  Rumball, B.

A number of conversion processes, both hydrogen-addition-based and carbon-rejection-based, crack heavy oil into lighter hydrocarbon products.

Environment and Safety

Understand the sources of oil pollution in water
NEL: Yang, M.

Oil in water is one of the most common types of water pollution.

Consider post-design changes to confine a hazardous area
Petrokon Utama Sdn Bhd: Bapat, S. V.

Hazardous area classification (HAC) is carried out while performing basic design engineering, and HAC drawings are produced as one of the deliverables.

Heat Transfer

Sample heat transfer fluids to offset carbon effects on thermal plant efficiency
Global Heat Transfer: Wright, C.

The long-term viability of a plant depends on maintaining continuous output and reducing production costs.


Publisher's letter: The transition into a new era
Gulf Publishing Company: Watkins, C.

These are unprecedented times in the oil and gas industry.

Editorial Comment: A historical snapshot of a complex global industry
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

As we move into the second half of 2016, we take stock of new project activity in the global downstream processing industry.

Reliability: Monitor electric motor vibration and optimize motor bearing lubricant application
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Follow our discourse with a reliability professional employed by an owner-operator with a number of ammonia and urea plants in locations where blinding sandstorms are prone to occur.

Viewpoint: An engineer’s guide to networking
ShureLine Construction: Shahani, G.

Innumerable articles and training programs have been written on the subject of networking.

Industry Perspectives: Petchem Tech Forum highlights advances in US petrochemicals
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

In mid-July, <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> held its inaugural Petchem Tech Forum.

Business Trends: The state of the global downstream construction sector
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Capital-intensive investments are being made in every sector of the hydrocarbon processing industry, in every region.<br>

Industry Metrics
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Asia refining margins fell despite strong regional demand.

Global Project Data
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

New downstream project announcements have continued to decrease since April.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Andrew, Bob

Turning methane into a high-value chemical was achieved by German chemical company Grillo after years of intensive research.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Courtney McShane has joined Willbros Group Inc. as director of business development for the Marcellus Shale region and Eastern Seaboard.