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Business Trends: Tier 3 gasoline production: The value of flexibility in volatile fuel markets

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

Despite the forecasted trend of declining demand for transportation fuels, many markets still depend heavily on these crude oil derivatives to sustain economic activity.

FCC and HDS feed flexibility and integration with the delayed coker in the Izmit refinery

Tüpraş: Kantar, B. O.  |  Tunca, O.  |  Azizoğlu, Z.  |  Önen, M. F.  |  Genç, M.

Operational flexibility is one of the key parameters that leads to success and sustainability in refinery production.

Critical considerations for retrofit designing a platformer reactor’s partial bypass piping in a NHT plant

Saudi Aramco: Kittur, A.

The naphtha hydrotreater/continuous catalyst regeneration (NHT/CCR) platformer produces reformate to be utilized as a blending stock in the gasoline pool (FIG. 1).

Risk identification and management

Contributing Writer: Anwer, A.

Operations within the hydrocarbon industry involve numerous hazards to be identified, mitigated and maintained at as low a level as reasonably practicable.

Boil-off gas APC exceeds expectations

Greenfern Dynamics: Taylor, A.  |  Pierterse, F.
ConocoPhillips Australia: Wilson, T.  |  Davis, R.

The use of advanced process control (APC) technology on LNG liquefaction trains is well accepted with some of the earliest implementations developed in the late 1990s.

Business Trends: The journey to sustainable profitability: How to benchmark the efficiency of your investment

Honeywell UOP: Couch, K.  |  Griffiths, M.  |  Ritchie, J.  |  Srivastava, P.

Because it provides the energy and materials required for global development, the refining industry is critical to the world economy.

How companies can take advantage of APM solutions to reduce planned maintenance

AspenTech: Brooks, M.

According to Löfsten, “the costs of maintenance are estimated to be between 15% and 40% of production costs.” Consequently, efforts to reduce such costs without compromising risk to equipment, personnel safety and environmental integrity are welcomed.

Steam-surface condensers: Lessons from the field

Graham Corp.: Lines, J. R.

Steam-surface condensers are used throughout the refining, petrochemical and chemical industries.

Optimizing the construction process through lean project management

MilliporeSigma, an affiliate of Merck KGaA: Parmar, A.
Shure-Line Construction: Shahani, G.

Lean project management leans towards a business philosophy that brings value to the customer as opposed to conventional project management, which is focused on a product or project.

An advanced extractive distillation process for aromatics recovery

Shin-Chuang Technology Co. Ltd.: Lee, F. M.  |  Shen, M. Z. Y.  |  Chen, C. Y.
Cartell Chemical: Chen, Y. H.
International Innotech Inc.: Hsu, K. C. R.

This article focuses on a novel extractive distillation (ED) process for recovering benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) aromatics from a full-boiling-range pyrolysis gasoline or reformate feedstock—a process that has been commercially demonstrated and is ready for licensing or a JV.