Petrochemicals

Viewpoint: The pathway towards autonomy: How process automation is building the future plant

Urso, J., Honeywell Process Solutions

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with Jason Urso (JU), Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell Process Solutions, to discuss the current state of the process automation industry, how new technologies are enhancing efficiency and safety, and what the future holds for automation.

Creating opportunities for future fluid machinery experts

Bloch, H. P., Reliability/Equipment Editor

The state of understanding science and facts on one side and distinguishing these from anecdotes and often far-fetched opinions on the other side should be concerning to us. Institutions of higher learning can be disinclined to teach needed, applicable or actionable knowledge.

History of the HPI: The 1990s: Clean fuels and emissions mitigation, M&A, GTL and the fieldbus wars

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Much like several initiatives passed in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s were a decade heavily focused on environmental issues, with many new regulations being enacted to not only mitigate industrial and vehicle emissions but also to advance the production of clean fuels globally.

Hydroprocessing catalyst reload and restart best practices—Part 2

Dyke, S., PetroQuantum; Pongboot, N., Global R&D

Hydroprocessing (hydrotreating and hydrocracking) units are high-pressure, high-temperature units that have multiple reactors, multiple beds per reactor and specialized metallurgy. Catalysts in these units are replaced on a 2 yr–5 yr cycle, depending on feed quality, unit design, catalyst selection, operational constraints and performance.

Corpus Christi Polymers awards Worley contracts for facilities producing plastics

Corpus Christi Polymers has awarded Worley construction management and general services contracts. The scope of the construction management contract includes Corpus Christi’s new PET and PTA facilities in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.

Borealis prolongs stand-still for its PDH plant construction site

In light of recent developments and news reports about alleged malpractices at one of its contractors at the new PDH construction site at Kallo, Belgium, Borealis has decided to declare a three day stand-still for its Kallo PDH construction site.

Vietnam firm to build $1.5 B polypropylene plant

A private Vietnamese petrochemicals firm is planning to invest $1.5 B in a polypropylene plant in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Valvoline fuels retail drive with $2.65 B lubricants unit sale to Saudi Aramco

Valvoline Inc is selling its unit that makes lubricants, coolants and other automotive products to state-owned Saudi Aramco for $2.65 B in cash to sharpen focus on its retail services business.

PetroChina begins $4.5-B refinery expansion

PetroChina has launched a $4.52 B program to expand a subsidiary refinery in southern China into an integrated petrochemicals complex.

Dow and Al-Hejailan Group sign MoU to build joint venture MDEA plant

Dow and the Al-Hejailan Group signed an MoU to form a joint venture to design, build and operate a methyl diethanolamine plant in the PlasChem Park in Saudi Arabia.