HP Impact: Fossil fuels dominate global primary energy consumption

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Oil, natural gas and coal accounted for 87% of global primary energy consumption in 2012, according to a new Worldwatch Institute study. The relative weight of these energy sources keeps shifting, alt..

HP Impact: Bipartisan fuel policy recommendations for US Congress

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A bipartisan group called the US Energy Security Council, comprising former military, business and political leaders, has issued policy recommendations for the US Congress as it grapples with fuel-rel..

HP Forecast: HPI Market Data 2014 Executive Summary

Romanow, Stephany, DuBose, Ben, Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This summary provides a "sneak peek" at Hydrocarbon Processing's HPI Market Data 2014. This comprehensive report investigates present and projected future trends in refining, natural gas and petrochemical industries. Topics include spending forecasts and construction projects derived from HP's Construction Boxscore database; global and regional changes in energy production and use; and developments in oil and natural gas processing. HPI Market Data 2014 also covers trends in economics, plant safety and the environment. This annual report is the hydrocarbon processing industry's premier source of market information for professionals working in the downstream.

HP Industry Perspectives: Is it too early to be optimistic for 2014?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The increased availability of natural gas supplies are redefining energy conditions. New natural gas reserves are shifting the order for producing nations. Shale gas reserves, once difficult to extrac..

Use APC in energy systems―Total’s Leuna refinery case study

Milosevic, Z., KBC Process Technology Ltd.; Polster, A., Mai, A., Seifert, U., Wagner, M., Total

Advanced Process Control (APC) has been used extensively to assist in operating refinery and petrochemical processes safely and profitably. However, with the constantly increasing fuel and environment..

Improve inline blending with advanced analyzers

Barsamian, A., Refinery Automation Institute, LLC

Due to tough economic conditions, refiners are pressed to improve profitability. There is greater pressure to optimize gasoline and diesel blending. What are the options to improve processing of trans..

HP Impact: Lukoil projects energy trends out to 2025

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Lukoil recently offered an outlook on the long-term prospects for the global hydrocarbon processing industry. The outlook’s objective is to analyze trends that will (in Lukoil’s view) determ..

Case history: Optimization of FCCU with multivariate statistical modeling

Keeley, C., Mayol, J., Riva, S., Komvokis, V., Bozukov, V., Challis, S., BASF Corp.; Karpov, N. V., Lukoil Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez Refinery

Process models and simulation methods can be used to simulate the fluidized-bed catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) process.a,b Likewise, kinetic or multivariate statistical models have been used. Rigorous..

Reduce salt corrosion rates with stronger base amines

Lack, J., Harrell, B., Baker Hughes

When processing discounted crude oils, one of the primary challenges refiners face is under-salt corrosion in crude unit distillation overhead systems.

Catalyst systems offer flexibility for hydroprocessing applications

Olsen, C. W., Torchia, D., Advanced Refining Technologies; Shiflett, W. K., Advanced Refining Technologies, LP; Brossard, D., Chevron Lummus Global

Refinersa re strongly motivated to evaluate and select premier catalyst systems for the production of both diesel products from their hydrocracking and diesel treating units.