Business Trends: Asia and Europe join the feedstock evolution with steam crackers

Morse, P. M., Argus

Steam crackers lay at the heart of petrochemical operations.

Petrochemicals: Ethylene and polyethylene— An outlook to 2022

Kirby, P., Hussain, A., PCI Wood Mackenzie

The first petrochemical-based production of ethylene occurred nearly a century ago. Since then, the industry has undergone a momentous evolution.

Upgrading the bottom of the barrel

Elshout, R., Energy Systems Engineering; Bailey, J., Brown, L., Nick, P., Consultant

In the past few decades, new technologies, including both carbon rejection methods and catalytic conversion methods, have emerged.

Japan plans maintenance at seven naphtha crackers in 2018

TOKYO (Reuters) — Seven naphtha crackers in Japan are expected to be shut in 2018 for scheduled maintenance, industry and company sources said.

Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects presently under construction, as chosen by HP editors and readers

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

TOYO awarded naphtha cracking furnace expansion project in Japan

Toyo Engineering Corporation (TOYO) was awarded a project to construct a naphtha cracking furnace of Tosoh Corporation for producing ethylene at its Yokkaichi Complex in October. TOYO had participated in this construction project from an early stage.

S.Korea's Hanwha Total to raise LPG use in cracker after expansion

PENANG (Reuters) — South Korea’s Hanwha Total Petrochemical will use at least four times more LPG feedstock when it completes raising its cracker capacity by 30% to 1.4 MMtpy in 2019, said a top executive.

Idemitsu restarts Chiba naphtha cracker

TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan's Idemitsu Kosan said on Wednesday it restarted the 414,000 tpy Chiba naphtha cracker after works to increase its capacity to process propane were completed.

India HMEL may halt naphtha exports from 2021–2022

NEW DELHI (Reuters) — India's HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd (HMEL), part-owned by steel tycoon L N Mittal, may halt naphtha exports from the 2021–2022 fiscal year when it starts its $3.1 B cracker, the chairman of Hindustan Petroleum Corp said.

Optimize a refinery H2 network using spreadsheet tools

Salgado, H., Ecopetrol

One of the major goals in every refining complex is to minimize the utilization of its hydrogen (H2) generation units by maximizing the H2 recovery from residual streams.