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Special Focus: Process Optimization
Increasing blue hydrogen production affordability
Large-scale, affordable, “blue” hydrogen (H<sub>2</sub>) production from natural gas, along with carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), is necessary to bridge the gap until large-scale H<sub>2</sub> production using renewable energy becomes economic.
Vapor velocity guidelines for horizontal flare knockout drums
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Loss Prevention
Flare knockout (KO) drums are important components of effluent handling systems.
Good distributor design for high-velocity feed debottlenecks a crude preflash tower
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Refining / Construction / Crude oil / Distillation / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Loss Prevention / Naphtha / Piping / Pumps / Europe
Bazan Group’s crude unit No. 3—not designed by any of the authors’ companies—was bottlenecked by the preflash tower.
Separating from the competition: Recovering profits after the pandemic
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Refining / Carbon Management / Catalysts / Construction / Desulfurization / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Greenhouse Gases / Loss Prevention / Products / Reactors / Sulfur
As recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic begins, so will a return to normal life.
Optimize product blending using Excel spreadsheets and LINGO software—Part 1
Linear programming (LP) is an optimization modelling technique in which a linear function is maximized or minimized when subjected to various constraints.
Maximize refinery profitability with novel RFCC technologies
The Atyrau Oil Refinery (AOR), the oldest refinery in Kazakhstan, was built in 1945.
Ethylbenzene plant debottleneck with a high-activity transalkylation catalyst
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Catalysts / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Polymers / Products / Reactors / Asia/Pacific
Modern commercial ethylbenzene (EB) plants use liquid-phase alkylation processes with zeolite catalysts to achieve high product yields.
Understanding HCN in FCC: Formation, effects and mitigating options
In these challenging times, fluidized catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) aim to improve margins by processing poorer- or different-quality feeds, while maintaining good yield performance.
Process control reimagined
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Safety
Imagine visiting the control room of a typical process unit at a refinery.
Taking on petrochemical plant hurdles with networking smarts
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / People / Safety / Utilities
The petrochemical industry is facing one of the most significant challenges in its history.
Achieve zero execution errors through procedure clarity
It is well-documented that many unplanned manufacturing events could have been prevented if procedures were executed properly.
Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation
Key instrumentation technologies to tackle the toughest measurement challenges
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Analyzers / Carbon Management / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Natural Gas / Reactors / Rotating Equipment / Safety / Utilities / Valves
Just as some people seek out extreme sports, process manufacturing has its extreme applications, and engineers who design for these environments must find ways to safely contain and monitor all manner of dangerous reactions and products.
Maintenance and Reliability
Risk mitigation procedure following criticality assessment and FMEA
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Economics / Environment / Loss Prevention / Management / Safety
In asset performance management (APM), criticality assessment and failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) are powerful tools that enable the identification of opportunities to minimize asset lifecycle costs during the development of equipment strategies.
Editorial Comment: Optimization: Advancing the industry’s evolution and benefits to the masses
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Environment / Greenhouse Gases / People / Polymers / Products / Safety
Optimization—the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource—is not a term that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) takes lightly: it is a way of life.
Reliability: Exploring better compressor sour seal oil traps
An interesting case involving sour seal oil traps in an offshore application recently came to our attention.
Digital: Safety, simplicity and productivity provide the value needed in plant operations
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Refining / Environment / Equipment / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / People / Safety
In today’s manufacturing environment, process automation professionals must choose from a multitude of widgets and innovations to help their plants run more smoothly.
Trends and Resources
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Hydrocracking / Natural Gas / Polymers / Products
This month, <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> will be hosting two events—one to showcase the latest in processing technologies in the refining and petrochemicals markets, and the other to provide an update on the latest trends, initiatives and capital project investments in the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).
Business Trends: Attracting digital talent for petrochemicals: You need a new brand strategy
According to Deloitte, the future success of most chemical companies relies on three areas: growth and innovation, performance and cost optimization, and sustainability and the circular economy.
What are the latest advancements in HPI technologies? This month’s Innovations section details the tools and technologies that are optimizing plant operations.
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