October 2022


Special Focus: Plant Safety and Environment

Sustainable steel/chemicals production: Removal of impurities for valorization of steel mill gases
Gentilucci, A., Spagnuolo, L., Dow Europe GmbH; Hughes, A., Ruitenbeek, M., Vanstaen, A., Dow Benelux BV

Industry faces significant challenges relating to the transition toward cleaner energy and more sustainable feedstocks.

An economic evaluation for SOx emissions reduction from FCC regenerator flue gas using an additive
Jiang, Q., Sha, H., Song, H., SINOPEC Research Institute of Petroleum Processing; Cui, S., Zhou, J., Cao, D., SINOPEC Refining Department; Chen, H., SINOPEC Science & Technology Department; Wang, S., Zhang, Y., Yang, L., SINOPEC Qingdao Refining & Chemical Co. Ltd.; Wang, T., Kong, F., Wang, S., SINOPEC Catalyst Co. Ltd.

Sulfur oxides removal has been a global trend in the refining and petrochemical industry.

Why sulfur plants fail: An in-depth study of sulfur recovery unit failures—Part 1
Bohme, G. E., Sulphur Experts Inc.

Equipment malfunction or an unplanned shutdown of a SRU can have a significant effect on a production company’s profitability, along with an equally serious impact on personnel safety and the environment.

A system approach to mitigating corrosion under insulation
Cusick, A., Owens Corning

This article will consider how a system approach can help mitigate the risk of CUI and contribute to the performance and longevity of piping and equipment.

Biofuels, Alternative/Renewable Fuels

Accelerating the transition to renewable fuels
Carugo, M., Valentine, J., Emerson Automation Solutions

The global push to neutralize carbon-based GHG emissions by 2050 not only holds great promise for the future of the planet, but it also stands to create millions of jobs, spur rapid growth and drive technological innovation.

ASTM D5453 vs. D7039 and the importance of oxygen correction for B100 samples
McHenry, L., X-Ray Optical Systems

The use of biodiesel is rapidly becoming more popular due to growing trends both inside and outside the petroleum industry.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards 2022

2022 HP Awards Finalists
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication for 100 yr, has announced the finalists for its sixth annual HP Awards, which celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.

Maintenance and Reliability

Development of novel epoxy closed-cell foam for personnel and corrosion protection—Part 1
Oharriz, O., Belzona Inc.

Most industrial assets operating at elevated temperatures require thermal insulation for energy conservation, thermal protection or process stabilization.

Case studies: Evaluation of the soundness and remaining life of PSA vessels with weld defects
Lee, S., SK Energy; Kwon, O., Quest Integrity

Multiple defects were found in pressure swing adsorption (PSA) vessels during an outage of one of four PSA process units.

Heat Transfer

Air-cooled heat exchanger under natural convection
Pramanik, R., Contributing Consultant

Determining whether or not to operate an air-cooled heat exchanger (ACHE) under natural convection is a challenge due to the limited information available for simulations of an ACHE under operation without fans.

Digital Technologies

Data, algorithms and collaboration combine for machine-learning success
Venkat, A., Zakeri, S., Disantis, J., Seeq; Johnstone, A., Ithaca Energy; Martin, J., allnex

Process manufacturers are investing significant resources in machine-learning (ML) to increase reliability, profitability and sustainability in their operations—saving millions of dollars in short periods of time through increased efficiency.

Safeguarding the world’s energy
Hackney, D., ABS Group

For the foreseeable future, our global economy will continue to rely on fossil fuels as our primary energy source. Because this affects every aspect of the supply chain, the oil and gas sector will continue to be a target for cyber attacks from state and non-state actors that are looking to cripple infrastructure, hold systems for ransom or infiltrate to gain access to new technologies.


Editorial Comment: Announcing the nominees for the 2022 Top Projects awards
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Since the mid-2010s, Hydrocarbon Processing has recognized the top refining and petrochemical projects of the year.

Water Management: Achieve compliance with automated wastewater treatment for industrial facilities with cooling towers
Williams, D., Contributing Author

Industrial facilities with cooling towers in the U.S. must meet U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local wastewater requirements for effluent, including those under the Clean Water Act.

Industry Perspectives: Hydrocarbon Processing to announce winners of sixth annual HP Awards
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

On October 12, Hydrocarbon Processing will be announcing the winners of the 2022 HP Awards.

Business Trends: Innovative approaches to manufacture base oils gain customers’ attention
Kulkarni, S., Allied Market Research

For years, lubricating greases and motor oils have been manufactured from base oils.

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

AW-Lake now offers a new Portable Transit Time Ultrasonic Flow Meter in addition to the full-sized clamp-on version that provides non-contacting flow measurement for the most challenging industrial environments with minimal installation complexity and costs.

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Seeq appoints George Skaryak as Chief Revenue Officer