Petrochemicals

INEOS and SINOPEC sign three petrochemical deals worth $7 B

INEOS and SINOPEC signed three back-to-back deals worth a combined value of $7 B. These landmark agreements are expected to generate a combined turnover of around $10 B from 7 MMt of capacity.

LyondellBasell helps close the loop on polypropylene by joining NEXTLOOPP initiative

LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastic and chemical companies in the world, has recently joined the initiative that brings more than 40 major industry players together.

History of the HPI: The 1980s: Oil spike/collapse, liquid crystals, conducting polymers and the rise of AR/VR

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Several major impactful events took place in the global oil and gas and petrochemical industries in the 1980s.

Hydroprocessing catalyst reload and restart best practices—Part 1

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.

Enabling a circular economy delivery model through truckable modularization

Villegas, M., Koch Modular Process Systems

As resources become scarcer, and as costs continue to rise, companies are looking for new methods to reduce their material feedstock costs and remain competitive.

HRSG water/steam sampling: Do it right or face potential consequences

Buecker, B., ChemTreat, Inc.; Powalisz, J., Sentry Equipment Corp.

Many large industrial facilities—including refineries, and chemical and petrochemical plants—are increasingly turning to co-generation for process steam and power production.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Thermo Scientific Delta Q isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS) is a next-generation gas IRMS designed to enable detailed analysis with greater precision and accuracy.

Environment and Safety: Gas flaring: Necessary, or a waste of resources and a source of greenhouse gases?

Rastogi, A., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

Flaring is the controlled burning of hydrocarbons at oil refineries, gas processing plants and petrochemical plants.

Reliability: When to consider liquid-ring compressors

Bloch, H. P., Process Machinery Consulting

Liquid-ring compressors (FIG. 1) use the centrifugal whirling of a sealing liquid to create a series of piston-like water columns to trap gas or vapor between the impeller cells of a rotor installed eccentric to its casing.

Industry Perspectives

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 1H 2022, new capital projects have declined 19% vs. 1H 2021.