Management

French refinery strikes are timed to hit hard

Strike action and unplanned maintenance has taken offline more than 60% of France's refining capacity - or 740,000 bpd - forcing the country to import more when global supply uncertainty has increased the cost.

The Downstream Rundown: In case you missed it 09/16

In case you missed any downstream news, here are the top stories from last week. These articles include announcements from Clariant, Aemestis, Evonik, ADNOC, Technip and more. Stay up to sate with the latest industry news.

Editorial Comment: Our purpose: 100 yr of striving to deliver technical editorial excellence to the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

One hundred years ago, a group of individuals saw a need to disseminate the latest technologies and know-how to improve refining operations, safety, management and profitability. At the time, World War 1 had ended roughly 4 yr prior, and global gasoline demand expanded immensely. In turn, new refining capacity was being built around the world to increase production to satisfy burgeoning demand. Simultaneously, new discoveries were being made to produce plastics, fertilizers and other petrochemical products.

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 1980s: Oil spike/collapse, liquid crystals, conducting polymers and the rise of AR/VR

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Several major impactful events took place in the global oil and gas and petrochemical industries in the 1980s.

Business Trends: Non-OEM parts—Buyer beware

Boyle, B., Emerson

What is the harm in wearing a knock-off Rolex watch?

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In a continued effort to serve the corrosion industry, Carboline has launched CarboNext, a program to educate, connect, support and engage with the next generation of engineers and professionals.

Supply Chain: Strategic cost management: Uncover supply chain inefficiencies

Long, P., Opportune LLP

Controlling costs is critical for any energy company. Firms may spend to grow through acquisition, develop new business, gain market share or invest in new opportunities.

Managing complexity in engineering and construction projects

Corrales, J., Veiga, J. P., Tecnicas Reunidas

It is widely accepted that new management methods are needed to curb the frequent delays and cost overruns observed in engineering and construction projects.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1960s: Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes