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Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

API releases three new standards to improve refinery safetyThe American Petroleum Institute (API) issued three new first-edition standards to enhance refinery safety and inspection programs:RP 583, Co..

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Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Global energy markets are reaching a new equilibrium, according to Wood Mackenzie analysts. As demand shifts to the East, it will expand to extraordinary proportions. However, the world finds itself i..

Russian straight-run fuel oil supply collapse complicates Gulf Coast feedstock choices

Reed, A., ESAI Energy

In the next couple of years, collapsing Russian supply of straight-run fuel oil (SRFO) will undermine foreign supply of feedstock to the US Gulf Coast.

Which margin levers impact Group I and Group II base stock competitiveness? Part 1

Moncrieff, I., Kline and Co., Inc.

As much as the lubricants industry might wish it otherwise, base stocks production is becoming more commoditized, and it is intertwined inextricably with mainstream refining operations. The vast major..

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Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The total liquid supply growth by non-OPEC countries continues to rise and is estimated to reach 54 million bpd (MMbpd) in 2014. Increasing crude oil supplies from North America are contributing to sh..

IRPC 2014: Defining the course of the global HPI

Smith, M., Gulf Publishing Company

Leading hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) executives and technical experts will come together June 24–26 in Verona, Italy, to share ideas, innovation and vision for the global downstream indu..

Innovative catalyst solution mitigates FCC operational issue

Ismail, S., Neuman, D., BASF Corp.; Sexton, J., Larsen, N., Highfield, J., Marathon Petroleum Company, LP

Marathon Petroleum Co.’s (MPC’s) Catlettsburg fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) experienced a catalyst circulation constraint due to partial blockage of an intra-regenerator standpipe. Th..

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Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

EU-US Energy Council discusses European energy security The EU-US Energy Council met recently in Brussels, Belgium. Following the gathering, the council issued a statement indicating that developments..

New catalyst increases FCC olefin yields

The new catalyst helped enable the refinery to maximize propylene and isobutylene yields, expand total LPG production, maintain LCN yield, improve bottoms upgrading and expand the FCCU operating window.

HP Editorial Comment: What is the future for hydrocarbons and their prices?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Have we reached peak oil, again? No; the naysayers have predicted peak oil five times already, and innovative technologies continue to overcome previous barriers and to find new methods of developing ..