Refining

Enhanced reboiler for C3 splitter heat pump improves energy efficiency and reduces CO2 footprint

Rönkä, M., Borealis; Ramdin, Z., Provost, J., Technip Energies; Lang, T., Knöpfler, A, Wieland Thermal Solutions

Energy efficiency, carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint reduction and the minimization of material requirements are becoming key drivers of our daily decisions in all industry sectors.

Safe work permit auditing: Is your system providing the expected results?

Blundell, B., Contributing Editor

When the challenging position of manager is assumed in a refinery, one of the first orders of business is to “survive” an upcoming process safety management (PSM) compliance audit.

Construction pitfalls in SRU-fabricated equipment

Dixit, P., Consultant

In the hydrocarbon processing industry, sulfur recovery is a well-known process. However, this process uses a variety of equipment.

Piping interface type selection

Alsuayyid, A., Jadav, N., Saudi Aramco

Most oil and gas process plant projects involve multiple work packages executed by different lump sum turnkey (LSTK) contractors executing work within their own package, with a final piping interface connection at an agreed boundary limit to accomplish the interface joint between two parties and successfully close the piping interface.

Industry Pioneers: Polymer science, catalytic cracking and chemical advances

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Austrian-born chemist, Hermann Francis Mark, is well-known for his contributions to the development of polymer science, which he devoted more than 60 yr of his life to.

Productivity in process plant engineering: Aspects and examples

For centuries, division of labor has been the recipe to improve productivity—dividing an organizational set of tasks into smaller tasksets, as assigned to individuals.

Impact of biofeed retrofits, co-processing on refinery amine units, SWSs and SRUs—Part 2

Le Grange, P., Tekebayev, K., Goettler, L., Kiebert, J., Sulphur Experts; Sheilan, M., Amine Experts

Producing diesel with a portion of biologically sourced carbon is being done at an increasing number of conventional crude oil refineries.

HP Flashback: Operations, processes and safety evolve and advance: Excerpts from the 1930s

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1930s by The Refiner and Natural Gasoline Manufacturer, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing.

Debottlenecking of an extractive distillation column for aromatics recovery: Effect of feed pre-vaporization

Rewatkar, M., Patidar, P., Patil, R., Gupta, A., Garg, M., Reliance Industries Ltd.

Extractive distillation is one of the most efficient techniques to separate aromatic and non-aromatic hydrocarbons by increasing the relative volatility of the mixture in the presence of a solvent.

Why robotic process automation is quickly becoming a must for downstream companies

Andrade, A., Accenture; Lauzon, S., SAP

For the refining operation that wants to relieve its planning team of mind-numbing manual data-management tasks, there are bots for that.