Refining

Evaluate options for decarbonizing petroleum refineries

Singh, R., Bechtel India

The energy transition requires rebuilding the energy supply infrastructure for a lower-carbon economy and renewable energy generation for industry and transportation that run more on electricity and hydrogen and less on fossil fuels and provide a circular path for consumer plastics. The growth in global oil demand is predicted to end within 10 yr, but it is still too early to foresee a rapid decline in that demand.

Choosing the proper regulator configuration can reduce droop

Arumpanayil, S., Swagelok Company

Many factors go into selecting the proper regulator for your system. One of those factors is sensitivity to changes in outlet pressure as downstream flow fluctuates, which is often characterized as “droop” as illustrated within a regulator’s flow curve.

Green refinery challenges: Small-scale sulfur recovery

Echt, W., Merichem

As the gavel dropped, signaling a historic agreement at the conclusion of COP26 (2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Glasgow, Scotland, leaders from 197 nations agreed to continue supporting the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The race is on!

Column revamp using packings and internal modeling and revamping technology

Shirpurkar, V., Sahara International Petrochemical Co.; Arora, A., Kale, V., Sulzer Chemtech Middle East WLL

The challenge of frequent plugging in vent gas scrubbers is resolved with the highest degree of maleic anhydride (MAN) product recovery.

The downstream rundown: In case you missed it 08/05

In case you missed any downstream news, here are the top stories from last week.

Russia's Novoshakhtinsk refinery fully resumes operations

The Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Russia's southern Rostov region has fully resumed operations after it was struck by drones in June.

Idemitsu restarts 150,000-bpd Hokkaido CDU on July 25 after maintenance

Japan's second-biggest oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co restarted the 150,000 bpd crude distillation unit at its Hokkaido refinery in northern Japan on July 25 after maintenance.

Binh Son refinery to undergo major maintenance next year

The 130,000 bpd refinery has been in operation for 13 years and its equipment is facing risks of aging and erosion.

Online Exclusive: How chemical manufacturers can navigate inflation

At the macroeconomic level, inflation will influence M&A through its impact on monetary policy and financial markets.

Several refining projects are scheduled in Asia and the Middle East

In Asia and the Middle East, at least nine refinery projects are beginning operations or are scheduled to come online before the end of 2023. At their current planned capacities, they will add 2.9 MMbpd of global refinery capacity once fully operational.