Petrochemicals

Chinese refiners boost diesel output to profit from robust export margins

China's refined oil product exports in November are set to hit the highest since April 2020 as refiners ramp up output to multi-month highs to boost diesel supply and profit, offsetting the impact of slower domestic demand from COVID-19 restrictions.

Kuwait's KIPIC says first phase of Al-Zour refinery starts commercial operations

The commercial launch comes after the project started last month to produce and sell primary quantities of fuel oil and supply it to local power stations.

Big brands set to miss plastic sustainability targets

Some of the world's biggest consumer goods companies, including PepsiCo, Mars and Nestle, are almost certain to miss a target to make plastic packaging more sustainable by 2025.

UK sanctions four Russian steel and petrochemical tycoons

Britain has sanctioned four Russian steel and petrochemical business owners, including the former head of steel producer Evraz, the government said on Wednesday, its latest measures taken against Moscow over the war in Ukraine.

Online Feature: Digitalization will help carbon capture and sequestration industry to be more efficient, safe, and profitable

While zero-carbon alternative solutions evolve, CCUS provides a near-term pathway to rapidly reduce the impacts of existing, difficult-to-decarbonize, emissions-intensive infrastructure and processes.

OMV and Wood sign MoU for commercial licensing of ReOil technology

A ReOil pilot plant has been operating in the OMV refinery in Schwechat, Austria, since 2018 and has been processing end-of-life plastics for more than 17,000 hours to date.

Petronas says assessing fire damage at Malaysian joint venture with Aramco

Malaysian state energy firm Petronas said on Tuesday it was studying the damage to interconnecting pipes caused by a fire last week at its refinery and petrochemical joint venture with Saudi Aramco.

Made In Italy Engineering supports UAE's circular economy, Maire Tecnimont begins a polymers reprocessing plant in Abu Dhabi

The plant is capable of both improving and upgrading lower-quality polymers (such off-spec products, plant scraps) and upcycling plastic waste into higher-value, qualified products fit for specific industrial applications.

Mechanical design challenges in high-temperature electric heaters

Pramanik, R., Contributing Editor; Srinath, N. R., China Petroleum Engineering Co. Ltd.

Electric heaters are used in the process industries as an alternative to fired heaters or process heaters—where the heating medium is either steam or any heating fluid—for some specific applications where the process duties are low but fluids are heated to high temperature.

Integrated remote operations drive collaboration and autonomy

Fiske, T., Anderson, G., Yokogawa

Sensors, equipment and devices are becoming more intelligent, opening the door for autonomous operations, which is the ability for machines and processes to run while self-diagnosing and handling problems.