Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

December 2023


Special Focus: Plant Design, Engineering, Construction and Commissioning

Case study: Forced-circulation evaporator piping design

Evaporation and crystallization techniques have many applications in the chemical, fertilizer, metallurgical, chlor-alkali, pigment and dye, food, ash treatment and zero-liquid discharge process industries, among others.

Are resources and capacity the same?
Project Production Institute: Arbulu, R. J.

If you are involved in the delivery of capital projects, there is a good chance that you may have heard, or even used, expressions such as, “We have a resource-loaded schedule,” “We are behind schedule, so let’s add more resources,” or “We need to increase our capacity.”

Arranging lines in a pipe rack: How to standardize pipe spacing in the oil and gas industry
Antonoil Service: Abid, J.  |  Sarwat, A

This article provides deep insight to piping layout engineers, presenting a holistic/systematic approach for pipe spacing based on different pipe supports—e.g., rest, guide, shoe and clamps (rather than assuming spacing based on 50-mm or 75-mm clearance between pipes).

Process design considerations for green ammonia manufacturing
Black & Veatch: Goyal, S.

To fulfill the climate goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures, green hydrogen has emerged as an alternate unconventional fuel.

Heat Transfer

Design considerations and decarbonization options for fired heaters
S & B Engineers and Constructors Ltd.: Malhotra, K.

As greenhouse gas emissions policies and regulations become more stringent, carbon dioxide emissions have taken center stage, with many nations targeting net-zero carbon emissions.

A CFD study on the effect of operating an SMR furnace without one of the flue gas tunnels A
Blasch Precision Ceramics: Russell, W.

A computational fluid dynamics study was performed on a theoretical reforming furnace to determine the comparative results of flow uniformity in flue gas tunnels with and without a standing tunnel in the outer position.

Process Optimization

How to gain an advantage from the propylene production gap—Part 2
Petrobras: Da Silva, M. W.

This work will detail the available processing routes capable of maximizing propylene yield in refineries, allowing refiners to gain advantage from the propylene market.

Understanding chiller basics and P-H diagrams
TAI Engineers: Zaheer Akhtar, S.

Chillers are extensively used in industrial, manufacturing and commercial facilities.

Digital Technologies

Implementing digital lifecycle solutions to improve performance and plant operations
Control Station: Rice, R.

Most of us have used licensed software—whether a personal computer operating system, a word processor or something less mainstream—consistently.

Carbon Capture/CO2 Mitigation

Cloning design provides plug-and-play approach for carbon capture
Burns & McDonnell: Hokpins, T.

Carbon capture has the potential to significantly decarbonize emissions from industrial facilities.


Editorial Comment: Total active projects increase nearly 30% in 2023
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

According to data from Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database, total active projects in the hydrocarbon processing industry have increased nearly 30% year-over-year.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Endress+Hauser’s newly developed iTEMP TMT31 temperature transmitter for analog 4-20mA signals is characterized by its long-term stability, high accuracy and ease of use for reliable temperature measurement.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Hannes Leichtfried named head of Danfoss Drives in North America