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Special Focus: Clean Fuels
Converting a petroleum diesel refinery for renewable diesel
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Biofuels / Construction / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Heat Transfer / Hydrogen / Sulfur / Treating / Americas
As refiners consider renewable, low-carbon alternatives, renewable diesel—refined from agricultural products using petroleum refinery processes—is gaining traction.
Reducing acid consumption: Maximizing sulfuric acid alkylation unit profitability
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Refining / Carbon Management / Construction / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Gasoline / Octane / Products / Sulfur / Treating
Alkylation is a process used to produce highly branched isoparaffins from the reaction of lighter olefins and isobutane in the presence of sulfuric acid as a catalyst.
Leveraging digital technologies to create the smart renewable diesel facility
Environment & Safety / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Construction / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Hydrogen / Hydrotreating / Information Systems / Pumps / Reactors / Treating
Many companies are modifying existing crude refineries or building grassroots renewable diesel facilities to produce drop-in, green renewable diesel from a variety of agriculturally derived triglyceride feedstocks.
Meeting the Tier 3 challenge with ultra-clean alkylate
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Refining / Catalysts / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Gasoline / Octane / Reactors / Sulfur / Treating / Americas
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced Tier 3 gasoline sulfur standards in 2017, requiring all U.S. gasoline producers to adhere to an annual 10-ppm average sulfur limit.
A solution to the IMO 2020 MARPOL Annex VI requirement
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Refining / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Desulfurization / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Hydrocracking / Hydrotreating / Reactors / Sulfur / Treating
On January 1, 2020, a new requirement limiting the sulfur content of marine fuel to a maximum of 0.5 wt% went into effect.
Renewable diesel: The latest buzzword in the downstream sector
Renewable diesel: this greener, cleaner fuel has taken our industry by storm.
Engineering and Construction
Modular construction: Always considered, now COVID-necessary
The COVID-19 pandemic created a sequence of changes across all industries, and the chemical sector has not been immune to the impact of this global health crisis.
Challenges and pitfalls in brownfield EPC projects
Job requirements and scope are well defined in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts because they are designed and engineered from scratch.
Retrofit: A viable alternative to greenfield construction
Retrofitting/revamping—also referred to as modernization, derating or rerating—is an update of a plant or an existing piece of equipment to improve efficiency and/or capacity, and to make it adequate for a new design or operating condition through the modification or replacement of some of its parts.
Design considerations when flaring ethylene oxide
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Analyzers / Construction / Engineering & Design / Environment / Natural Gas / Safety / Sulfur / Valves
The flaring of gases released from normal process vents and safety valve discharges following an overpressure scenario is widely practiced in refineries, petrochemical and chemical plants.
Process Control, Instrumentation and Automation
Take control of tank pressure
Maintaining pressure control in bulk storage tanks is a vital challenge faced by operators of both process plants and storage terminals.
TOTAL refineries improve overhead systems corrosion and salting with amine-neutralizing technology
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Refining / Corrosion / Crude oil / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Reactors / Europe
Weak organic amines are commonly used in crude unit overhead systems to prevent acidic corrosion from chlorides and other acidic contaminants via a neutralization reaction.
Maintenance and Reliability
Environment and Safety
Alarm management: A pillar of process safety management
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Management / Safety
The following describes how an adequate implementation of alarm management is a fundamental part in process safety management (PSM).
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Refining / Carbon Management / Construction / Desulfurization / Environment / Greenhouse Gases / Octane / Sulfur / Treating / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
Over the past several decades, the hydrocarbon processing industry has invested heavily in new processing units to produce low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur (ULS) transportation fuels.
Reliability: Taking ownership of problems
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Management / Turbines / Utilities / Americas
Taking ownership of issues during a critical or troubling time is just as important as assuming responsibility during times of opportunity and benefit.
Executive Viewpoint: Technology to drive decarbonization of the oil and gas industry
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Carbon Management / Compressors / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Greenhouse Gases / Hydrogen / Loss Prevention / Natural Gas
<i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> (HP) was pleased to speak with Thorbjoern Fors (TF), EVP of Industrial Applications, Siemens Energy, to discuss the decarbonization of the oil and gas industry and the technologies that are helping companies meet their sustainability goals.
Executive Viewpoint: Leading in times of uncertainty
I recently gave a presentation at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Women in Industry event, where I spoke to more than 100 attendees on leading during uncertain times.
Trends and Resources
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining
In the second half of 2021, Hydrocarbon Processing is hosting two events to showcase the leading technologies and people in the refining, petrochemicals and gas processing/LNG industries: The International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) and the HP Awards. A “call for abstracts” has opened for both events.
Sprea Misr has awarded Nuberg EPC an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 500-tpd sulfuric acid plant in Ramadan City, Egypt.
U.S. refinery margins extended their upward trend and showed the largest gains relative to the other regions due to a rise in refinery outages as extreme cold temperatures caused partial and complete refinery shutdowns.
Global Project Data
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Construction / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
According to Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database, new capital project investments have increased each month since November 2020.
DeZURIK, a leading valve manufacturer in the industrial and municipal markets, offers a wide variety of valve solutions for environmental wastewater systems, including grey water intake, pump isolation, pump surge control and membrane bioreactor isolation.
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