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Looking back at the Phillips 66 explosion in Pasadena, Texas: 30 years later
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Refining / Environment / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Safety / Americas
October 23, 2019 marks the 30-yr anniversary of a devastating fire and explosion that claimed the lives of 23 workers at a major chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas.
Use new oxidation technologies to achieve “near-zero” emissions of NOx and VOCs
Environment & Safety / Americas / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Carbon Management / Construction / Corrosion / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Products
HPInnovative solutions assist hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities in meeting present and ever-changing air emissions regulations and strict operating permits.
The geoscience of reliability engineering: Preparing the process plant for natural disasters
Industry can no longer afford to take a casual approach to the potential impacts of natural disasters on the operational reliability and integrity of physical plants and assets.
Opportunity crudes and refinery challenges during hydrocracking operations—Part 2
Refineries worldwide often face practical challenges and operating issues when processing opportunity crude oils to maximize profit margins.
A dynamic 1D model for accelerated reactor cooling
Refinery hydrofining units must undergo planned and emergency shutdowns for catalyst changeover.
Accurate prediction of phase equilibrium properties—Part 1
Phase equilibrium properties, such as bubble-point, hydrocarbon dewpoint, water dewpoint, phase envelope, two-phase compositions, compressibility factor, hydrate equilibrium properties, etc., for hydrocarbon mixtures have been calculated accurately using the Peng-Robinson cubic equation of state by implementing constant and temperature-dependent binary interaction parameters in the Van der Waals mixing rule.
Diversifying the future: Incentives for worldwide adoption of renewable fuels and chemicals—Part 1
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Aromatics / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Catalysts / Construction / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Distillation / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Management / Natural Gas / People / Products / Sulfur / Treating / Americas / Europe
Bio-based, renewable fuels and chemicals can reduce the environmental footprint of maintaining global transportation and product demands, while also supplementing traditional fossil fuels in a global environment with increasing energy demand.
From traditional to green refinery: The transformation of Eni’s Gela plant
Maintenance & Reliability / Refining / Carbon Management / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Rotating Equipment / Europe
The need for a more sustainable energy mix is setting a challenge for refinery operators.
Securing industrial systems in a digital world
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Safety / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe
The development of industrial control systems (ICS) over the past two decades has changed the face of many industries.
Editorial Comment: Hydrocarbon Processing’s 2019 Top Project award nominees revealed
Petrochemicals / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Polymers / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
It’s that time again! <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> has announced the nominees for its annual Top Project awards.
Reliability: Viewing issues out of context may be a waste of time
Maintenance & Reliability / Environment / Pumps / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Africa / Asia/Pacific / Americas / Europe / Middle East
An alternative to the above title would be “Test your rotating equipment engineers’ IQ.”
Engineering Case Histories: Case 108—Failure analysis computations differ from design
When equipment fails, it indicates weak points and usually exposes the cause(s) of the failure.
Associations: Integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems: Does it really matter?
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / People / Safety / Americas
ARC Advisory Group’s 23rd annual Industry Forum included a panel discussion that explored the relative merits of integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems in an increasingly connected world.
Cybersecurity: Crucial defenses for critical infrastructures
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Equipment / Environment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / Safety / Utilities
A colleague of mine once suggested to a chemical plant operator that it was a good idea to apply patches to Windows-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) servers as soon as they become available every month—after all, a lot of them fix security vulnerabilities.
Trends & Resources
Industry Perspectives: Hydrocarbon Processing honored with industry award nominations
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In early September, <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> staff learned that the publication was nominated for several publishing awards by Folio magazine.
Business Trends: One downstream—Strategic imperatives for the evolving refining and chemical sectors
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Refining / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Construction / Crude oil / Diesel / Economics / Environment / Gasoline / Greenhouse Gases / Management / Natural Gas / People / Polymers / Products / Safety / Sulfur / Middle East / Europe / Americas / Asia/Pacific
Downstream executives will remember the present decade as a golden age for the industry, driven by low feedstock prices and healthy end-use demand.
In the oil and gas industry, failing to perform ongoing maintenance on equipment can have severe consequences, including reduced equipment service life, unplanned shutdowns and degraded performance.
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