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

October 2023


Special Focus: Energy Transition

Unlock the potential of clean ammonia
Siemens Energy: Brücher, M.

Green hydrogen is poised to play a crucial role in the energy transition by opening new decarbonization pathways, particularly in energy-intensive industries (marine shipping and transport, chemicals, steel, cement, etc.).

Beyond sequestration: Changing CO2 from a problem to a solution—Part 2: CO2 as an energy storage medium
Fluor: Gould, C.  |  Joyner, R.  |  Deshmukh, A.

As the world continues along its energy transition trajectory, demand for blue hydrogen and reduced carbon emissions will make high-purity carbon dioxide streams available in many process plants.


Seven questions to consider about H2 hubs
1898 & Co., part of Burns & McDonnell: Brandt, M.  |  Brown, M.

Hydrogen is poised to become a crucial part of the decarbonization equation as countries strive to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

H2 purification: Take on new challenges by leveraging existing solutions
Axens: Chiron, F-X.

Green, blue, pink, yellow or white: regardless of its color, low-carbon hydrogen will play a significant role in the energy transition and the future of transportation.

End-to-end H2 firing solutions
Zeeco: Imel, P.  |  Filoon, C.  |  Parker, C.

To meet corporate and global net-zero carbon initiatives, many refining and chemical industry plant owners are considering refueling existing fired equipment with sustainable, low-carbon fuels.

Biofuels, Alternative/Renewable Fuels

Implement innovative corrosion management solutions for biofuel refining—Part 2
Emerson: Fazackerley, W.

The production of carbon-neutral and renewable transportation fuels is growing rapidly, driven by the need to find feedstocks beyond fossil resources. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives—along with accelerated consumer demand for sustainable and carbon-negative fuel products—are also driving demand.

Process Optimization

Advanced hydrocracking unit flow scheme optimization and integration approach to maximize refinery margins for a residue upgrading project
Saudi Aramco: Ramaseshan, V.  |  Gajadhar, S.  |  Ghabbani, A. A.  |  Abdulal, H. A.
Honeywell UOP: Tiwari, N.  |  Balodia, M.  |  Sangalli, M.  |  Sood, S.

The integration of a solvent deasphalting and hydrocracking upgrading complex provides a favorable techno-economic return for residue upgradation at relatively lower capital expenditures vs. other alternatives for a brownfield project.

Energy comparison for heat pump and bottom flashing schemes for C3 hydrocarbon system
Fluor: Srivastava, A.  |  Bagrola , R.  |  Bist, J.

Propane-propylene splitters are present in significant numbers across petrochemical complex units, such as ethylene crackers and propane dehydrogenation units.

Heat Transfer

Cleaning procedure for a plate heat exchanger derived from data analysis based on recurrent neural networks

This article presents a new procedure to clean the plate heat exchanger of a diesel hydrotreatment plant.

Digital Technologies

Sharing insights beyond the fencelines with digital technologies
Seeq Corporation: Bowling, M.

In refineries and petrochemical plants globally, breaking down silos and barriers among departments, teams and functions remains one of the largest challenges when it comes to processing data and operational insights.

Workforce Development and Retention

Operational excellence: Repetitive incidents in the energy business
JEM Advisors: Kenyon, R.  |  Hanson, T.  |  Straker, B.  |  Ladnier, G.  |  McLeod, G.

Workforce demographics in the oil, gas, chemicals and other energy industries have altered personnel experience ratios.

Maintenance and Reliability

CPT testing: An important measure of how stainless steel resists pitting corrosion
Outokumpu: Helmersson, B.

Pitting corrosion can seriously impact the service life of stainless steel components in hydrocarbon processing applications.


Editorial Comment: The energy transition: The latest evolution of the processing industries
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, dozens of nations around the world have vowed to mitigate carbon emissions from their respective economies.

Business Trends: Converting refineries to renewable fuels is no simple switch
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Petroleum refineries around the globe are under pressure.

Global Project Data
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database is tracking nearly 1,230 active projects in the hydrocarbon processing industry.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Oxygen analysis for general industrial use has been simplified for customers following improvements to one of Servomex’s legacy analyzers.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Rhodes, Mike

Axine Water Technologies expands leadership team