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Debottleneck analysis on a coker debutanizer via simulation models

Production requirements for more valuable refined products and/or increased refining flexibility are increasing due to new regulations.

Reliability: Thinking outside of the box

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late 1989, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District asked the author to present a three-day equipment maintenance course at one of its large effluent treatment facilities.

Good distributor design for high-velocity feed debottlenecks a crude preflash tower

Blum, B., Bazan Group; Kister, H., Fluor; Tsang, R., Koch-Glitsch

Bazan Group’s crude unit No. 3—not designed by any of the authors’ companies—was bottlenecked by the preflash tower.

Editorial Comment

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past several decades, the hydrocarbon processing industry has invested heavily in new processing units to produce low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur (ULS) transportation fuels.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to Gulf Energy Information’s Global Energy Infrastructure database, new capital project investments have increased each month since November 2020.

TOTAL refineries improve overhead systems corrosion and salting with amine-neutralizing technology

Brun, L. A., Majorel, C., Thoret-Bauchet, J. P., Total; Pothuaud, A., Cross, C., SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

Weak organic amines are commonly used in crude unit overhead systems to prevent acidic corrosion from chlorides and other acidic contaminants via a neutralization reaction.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

After a tumultuous year, many active capital projects have been deferred, delayed or even abandoned.

Regional Focus: Russia looks to double petrochemicals and LPG exports by 2025

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

Russia hopes to become one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of petrochemicals and LPG by 2025 by doubling its domestic output and exports.

Successes and challenges installing the first proprietary closed-coke slurry system

Kaminski, M., LOTOS Asfalt; Manral, V., Heeswijk, B. V., Chevron Lummus Global; Graeter, F., Knuedel, S., TRIPLAN GmbH

The authors’ companya licensed a two-drum delayed coking technology process unit to Grupa LOTOS in Gdansk, Poland.

Troubleshoot flooding problems in a crude distillation column

Crude oil is separated into more valuable products, such as naphtha, kerosene, light diesel, heavy diesel and atmospheric residue, in crude distillation units (CDUs).