Distillation

VOC reduction at Raffineria di Milazzo’s SRU complex—Part 1

Based on new environmental regulations focusing on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at the emissions point of a refinery’s sulfur recovery unit (SRU), Raffineria di Milazzo—a JV between Eni and Kuwait Petroleum Italia—carried out troubleshooting activities to identify and implement suitable actions to minimize the concentration of VOCs at the emissions point of the SRU complex.

Crude C4 alternatives for a successful grassroots petrochemicals project

The disposition of the crude C4 stream from a steam cracker is a project configuration topic that deserves some discussion.

U.S. crude oil inventories rose as utilization drops

U.S. crude oil inventories rose for the ninth week in a row, surging to their most since May 2021, as refiners ran less oil during a strong maintenance season.

ExxonMobil is planning to startup new CDU at its Beaumont refinery

ExxonMobil is planning to start the new crude distillation unit (CDU) at its 369,024-bpd Beaumont, Texas (U.S.), refinery this weekend.

Business Trends: Tier 3 gasoline production: Challenges and opportunities for refiners

Da Silva, M. W., Petrobras; Hoekstra, G., Hoekstra Trading; Murphy, T., Valuation Risk & Strategy LLC

One of the biggest challenges to the crude oil refining industry over the past decades is the development of technologies capable of reducing the environmental impact of crude oil derivatives, while also raising their performance.

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.

IRPC 2022: Combining incremental crude processing and enhanced residue upgradation at low cost

Session three of IRPC focused on sustainability. To open the session, Arun Arora and Malini Warrer from Chevron Lummus Global and Vinod Ramaseshan from Saudi Aramco delivered a presentation titled, “Heavy Oil Processing Initiative Combining Incremental Crude Processing and Enhanced Residue Upgradation at Low Cost and Energy.”

History of the HPI: The 2000s: Net-zero, environmental regulations, capacity acceleration and digital transformation

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This final installment of the History of the HPI series details major events in the refining and petrochemicals industry over the past 20 yr, including stricter regulations/initiatives to curb carbon emissions, a safer and more environmentally friendly way to produce and handle chemicals, significant capital investments to boost production capacity and digital transformation.

History of the HPI: The 1990s: Clean fuels and emissions mitigation, M&A, GTL and the fieldbus wars

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Much like several initiatives passed in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s were a decade heavily focused on environmental issues, with many new regulations being enacted to not only mitigate industrial and vehicle emissions but also to advance the production of clean fuels globally.

Online Exclusive: Overhead automation and analytics lead to improved optimization of production and reliability

The efficient operation of crude oil distillation units (CDUs) improves profits and distillate yield while optimizing production costs and reliability. Simultaneously, it is possible to reduce caustic use, positively impacting downstream sodium impact resulting in increased fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst costs, coker furnace fouling and other issues.