- Global Energy Infrastructure
Special Focus: Biofuels, Alternative Fuels and Green Petrochemicals
Overview of decarbonization pathways for the oil and gas and petrochemical industries—Part 1
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Utilities / Reactors / Products / Polymers / Natural Gas / Hydrogen / Heat Transfer / Greenhouse Gases / Equipment / Environment / Engineering & Design / Economics / Construction / Carbon Management / Biofuels / Europe / Americas
This two-part article will cover the seven pathways to decarbonizing the oil and gas and petrochemical industries.
MVR compressor key to steam energy upgrade at Terneuzen polyolefin plant
Reducing energy costs and creating more sustainable local energy sources are common challenges across many industry sectors.
Quickly screen catalysts for hydrotreating of vegetable oil using high-throughput micro-pilot plants
Accurate catalyst evaluation is an important step in optimizing catalytic processes with respect to product yield, energy efficiency and overall product quality.
CO2 energy recycling approach in the petrochemical industries
Many industrial processes can generate carbon dioxide from fossil fuels. Recently, these processes have contributed to an average annual release of more than 30 Btpy of carbon dioxide into the environment.
Save energy and reduce CO2 emissions with closed-loop optimization of utilities networks
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining / Carbon Management / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Greenhouse Gases / Hydrogen / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Reactors / Utilities / Europe
Oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical companies face the difficult challenge of maximizing profitability while achieving aggressive decarbonization objectives set for 2030 and beyond.
Carbon Capture/CO2 Mitigation
CO2 compressor technology for a decarbonized energy economy
Due to the potential of hydrogen in the context of developing a decarbonized energy infrastructure, technologies for efficiently producing, transporting, storing and utilizing it have attracted significant investment.
Assessment protocol for nozzle loads on pressure vessels
From a historical perspective, the traditional approach to deal with “unknown magnitude of nozzle loads” can be summarized here.
Sensitivity analysis of a plug flow reactor
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Refining / Products / Information Systems / Environment / Economics / Carbon Management / Americas / Europe
A sensitivity analysis study evaluates uncertainties in a model’s output based on the changes in the input parameters of the model.
Hydroprocessing catalyst selection—Part 1: Planning and selecting the catalyst evaluation method
Hydroprocessing catalysts are an essential part of any refinery involved in the treatment/conversion of most petroleum fractions ranging from naphtha to residue.
History of the HPI: The 1960s: Synthetic oils, zeolite catalysts, LLDPE, OPEC and and creation of the PLC
Aromatics / Americas / Catalysts / Construction / Corrosion / Crude oil / Diesel / Economics / Engineering & Design / Europe / Equipment / Gasoline / Hydrocracking / Hydrogen / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Natural Gas / Octane / People / Polymers / Products / Reactors / Middle East / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Refining
During the 1960s, the global refining and petrochemical industries witnessed new processes and products that enhanced the daily lives of millions of people around the world.
HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1960s: Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes
Environment & Safety / Gas Processing/LNG / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Control / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Safety / Utilities / Valves / Rotating Equipment / Reactors / Pumps / Products / Polymers / Piping / People / Octane / Natural Gas / Naphtha / Management / Loss Prevention / Hydrogen / Hydrocracking / Gasoline / Furnaces / Equipment / Environment / Engineering & Design / Economics / Distillation / Diesel / Corrosion / Construction / Compressors / Catalysts / Boilers / Aromatics
Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes
Sustainable refinery of the future: Versatile, efficient and smart
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Environment / Gasoline / Greenhouse Gases / Hydrogen / Natural Gas
Greenhouse gas emissions occur alongside an inflection point for global refined product consumption. Since the 1850s—when the first oil refineries were constructed—the world has changed dramatically as refined product demand has continued inexorably upward.
Plant Turnarounds and Project Management
Managing complexity in engineering and construction projects
Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Management / People / Products / Safety
It is widely accepted that new management methods are needed to curb the frequent delays and cost overruns observed in engineering and construction projects.
Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery
Considerations for not providing a dedicated spare pressure-relief device
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Valves
Pressure-relief devices play a critical role in the hydrocarbon processing industry.
Editorial Comment: Pathways towards a more sustainable HPI
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Products / Polymers / Environment / Construction / Catalysts / Carbon Management / Biofuels
Among the dominant, far-reaching themes within the global refining and petrochemicals industries are the increase in biofeedstocks processing to produce biofuels and greener petrochemicals, the continued push towards clean fuels production, regulations and initiatives to adhere to net-zero emissions targets, and a surge in capital investments to build renewables and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) plants.
Reliability: Consider packaged twin-screw compressors
Maintenance & Reliability / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Equipment / Europe / Engineering & Design / Economics / Compressors
Compressors are widely used in the process industries to move fluids and gases within and outside the boundary of a process.
Circular Economy: Innovative recycling, driving circularity while decarbonizing the petrochemical industry
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Reactors / Products / Polymers / Naphtha / Environment / Engineering & Design / Carbon Management
Plastic pollution’s environmental challenges, as well as new government legislation, are having a significant impact on the plastics industry.
Executive Viewpoint: Maire Tecnimont and the second wave of the circular economy
The circular economy has already entered the public’s consciousness, and consumers are increasingly aware of the urgent need to recycle plastic, with the practice becoming more widespread than ever.
Trends and Resources
Industry Perspectives: Calling for papers on the global hydrogen sector
In January 2021, Gulf Energy Information—publisher of <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> and <i>Gas Processing & LNG</i>—launched <i>H2Tech</i>. This technical publication focuses on the latest technologies, trends, capital investments and know-how that are shaping the global hydrogen market.
Business Trends: Insights from the 2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis
Maintenance & Reliability / Project Management / Refining / Safety / Products / Management / Environment / Economics / Diesel / Crude oil / Carbon Management / Africa / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Europe / Middle East
The author’s company recently completed its data analysis for the <i>2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis (Fuels Study).</i>
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