Octane

Improve the isomerization of alkanes by catalytic distillation

The isomerization of light gasoline fractions is crucial to producing high-octane fuels and to reducing the benzene content in gasoline. One of the most promising options for isomerization is catalytic distillation.

HP Editorial Comment: What’s next for the energy industry?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Year-end always leads to insightful predictions for the upcoming 12 months and possibly some longer-term insights. In writing this editorial at the end of December, HP reviewed several 2014 outlooks t..

HP Viewpoint: Methanol: The other transportation fuel

Dolan, G. A., Methanol Institute

In the US Congress, the Open Fuel Standard Act was introduced to direct automakers to have half of all new cars by the 2017 model year capable of operating on something other than gasoline, with model..

HP Industry Perspectives: New crude oil supplies stabilize oil prices

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A new US Energy Information Administration (EIA) report highlighted a positive trend unfolding within the global energy market. The rise in US crude oil production has greatly contributed to stabilizi..

HP News

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US senator suggests lifting ban on oil exports    The Trans-Alaskan pipeline terminus in Valdez, Alaska. Photo courtesy of The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Senator Lisa Murk..

Optimize viscosity control in refining operations

Petroleum is one of the most important hydrocarbons in the global marketplace. It remains the primary source for liquid and transportation fuels, and it is the building block for product manufacturing..

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Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US, Norway seek to improve CO2 capture The US and Norway have announced their commitment to support the global carbon capture and storage (CCS) test center network. In a joint release, the two co..

Chemical-grade operation—or not?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The quality of transportation fuels has evolved. Earlier, the fuel quality was based on octane to power larger engines for automobiles and cetane for commercial trucks. As lead was phased out of gasol..

HP Editorial Comment: By the numbers

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At times, engineers, bankers, scientists and accountants can be obsessed with numbers. Why? Because numbers are vital, especially in the design and operation of process units and equipment. Anniversar..

HP Brief

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

After a bitter labor battle, INEOS Grangemouth reopensINEOS Grangemouth (UK) has reopened its petrochemicals plant and oil refinery in Scotland. The reopening comes after negotiations with the employe..