HP Impact: US energy independence vs. energy security

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions recently released a report, “Energy independence and security: A reality check,” which examines whether or not energy independence is necessary to ac..

HP Impact: Scottish distillers jump on natural gas bandwagon

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The excitement about natural gas as a useful industrial tool has spread to the Scottish countryside. A collection of whisky distillers in the Speyside area of Scotland plans to invest £7.6 MM to ..

HP Associations: Gastech examines natural gas potential for all sectors

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For four days in October, Hydrocarbon Processing was on call at the Gastech Conference and Exhibition in London. The magazine’s editorial staff was selected to produce the official show daily new..

Europe: Germany

Meincke, H., Association of the German Chemical Industry

The German chemical industry has an outstanding position inside Europe. Nearly 25% of chemical product sales in the European Union (EU) are by German chemical companies. Ranking behind China, the US a..

Asia: China

Fu, X., Li, X., Zhang, L., Petrochemical Research Institute, PetroChina; Lin, A., PetroChina Ltd., Co

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced in its January 2012 “World Economic Outlook” that the global GDP growth rate was 3.8% in 2011. However, Asian-Pacific nations bucked this tren..

Asia: India

The Indian economy has come a long way since the 1991 economic reforms. A decade and a half of economic reform and globalization is yielding returns that cut across all income groups. The domestic eco..

Asia: Japan

Yoneyama, M., IHS Markit

The Japanese economy showed steady recovery for 2003–2007. However, due to the global recession in late 2008, Japan’s GDP growth decreased to –1% in 2008 and to –5.5% in 2009. Due ..

Europe: United Kingdom

Eastwood, A., Economic Advisor, Chemical Industries Association (CIA)

The United Kingdom (UK) is Europe’s fourth largest chemical economy, after Germany, France and Italy. It accounts for 8% of the European Union’s (EU’s) $900 billion overall chemical pro..

AFPM files petition for 2013 biodiesel volumes

The rule increased the volume of biomass-based diesel from 1 billion to 1.28 billion gallons.

Operational improvements proposed at Pine Bend refinery

The projects are expected to improve reliability, reduce key emissions and improve the refinery's ability to convert crude oil into transportation fuels.