Environment

Strike action, outages in France's refined product sector

France's refined products sector is under strain as a result of strike action over pay and unplanned maintenance which have led to more than 40% of its refining capacity being taken offline.

Repsol to begin two-month turnaround at Tarragona oil refinery in Spain

Spanish energy giant Repsol is investing 100 MM euros to reduce emissions at its 186,000 bpd Tarragona refinery in Spain, which begins two months of maintenance at the end of the week.

Venezuela's second-largest refinery disrupted by outage

Venezuela's second largest refinery has suspended gasoline production following an internal electrical failure, four sources with knowledge of the situation said.

Tecam wins three new environmental technology projects for gas emissions treatment in The Netherlands

Tecam announced that it has been awarded three new projects for the removal of gases emissions derived from the venting processes generated at very relevant and technically leader industrial sectors in central Europe.

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.

BASF Venture Capital and Aqua-Spark invest in Sea6 Energy

Biomass from the fast-growing red seaweed is suitable as a raw material for a variety of applications, for example in animal feed and crop protection products, as a gelling ingredient in the food industry or as an ingredient in cosmetics.

Viewpoint: The pathway towards autonomy: How process automation is building the future plant

Urso, J., Honeywell Process Solutions

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Jason Urso (JU), Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell Process Solutions, to discuss the current state of the process automation industry, how new technologies are enhancing efficiency and safety, and what the future holds for automation.

Why compact actuation solutions are ideal for constrained space installations

Rakita, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

Many oil and gas industry applications face space constraints. This limitation requires more compact solutions providing the same performance as traditional alternatives, and this is particularly true in many valve installations, where actuators often require an inordinate amount of space.

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.

Evaluate options for decarbonizing petroleum refineries

Singh, R., Bechtel India

The energy transition requires rebuilding the energy supply infrastructure for a lower-carbon economy and renewable energy generation for industry and transportation that run more on electricity and hydrogen and less on fossil fuels and provide a circular path for consumer plastics. The growth in global oil demand is predicted to end within 10 yr, but it is still too early to foresee a rapid decline in that demand.