Hydrocarbon Engineering

Hydrocarbon Engineering

The May issue features our Annual Global Maintenance Review, providing an overview of maintenance, turnaround and upgrade projects undertaken in downstream oil, gas and petrochemical facilities around the world over the past 12 months. In addition to project news and global case studies, the review includes a broad discussion of the downstream maintenance market from Douglas-Westwood. Furthermore, the May issue has a focus on compressors, refractories, emissions monitoring and gas, with features on LNG, gas analysers, and gas processing and treating. Finally, Contributing Editor Ng Weng Hoong provides this month’s Regional Report on the Japanese energy market.

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World News

A struggle for growth
Ng Weng Hoong, Contributing Editor, takes an in-depth look at the Japanese energy market, and explains why the collapse in oil, gas and coal prices is failing to lift the country's economy.

Shining a light on TDLAS
Airat Amerov and Nicole Rose, Ametek, USA, evaluate how a tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) gas analyser can effectively measure carbon monoxide and methane in hydrogen gas.

Going modular with sulfur plants
Ralph D. Hanberry Jr, Jacobs Modular Consultant Group, USA, and Mark Duisters and Sander Kobussen, Jacobs Comprimo Solutions, the Netherlands, discuss the benefits of modular construction for the development of sulfur plants.

Be direct
Thibaut Heim, Benoit Mares and Vincent Simonneau, Prosernat, France, present a new direct oxidation sulfur recovery process for very lean acid gas applications.

Pressure points
Orhan Karagöz, Rembe® GmbH Safety + Control, Germany, discusses how rupture discs are a reliable safety device for the protection of systems against excessive pressure in the LNG and downstream industries.

Compressor dampner optimisation: part two
Attilio Brighenti, Riccardo Bressan and Antonio Tufo, S.A.T.E. Systems and Advanced Technologies Engineering S.r.l., Italy, continue their discussion of reciprocating compressor dampener optimisation, focusing on system design.

Modernise and retrofit
Wayne Jacobson and Dave Nelsen, Compressor Controls Corporation, USA, explain how to improve facility operations with a steam turbine mechanical retrofit.

A second chance
Rob Vieverich, Howden Thomassen Compressors BV, the Netherlands, explains how thorough evaluations on technical and economic aspects can give reciprocating compressors a second lease of life.

Up for rent
Pragnesh Desai, Atlas Copco Specialty Rental Division, Belgium, describes the range of rental equipment and contingency planning available to the refinery and petrochemical industries, at various stages of a project’s lifecycle.

From old to new
The continuous fluctuation of global oil prices continues to challenge companies operating in the process industries. Philippe Marceau, Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine, EMIA, discusses how insightful engineering information can help plant operators to lengthen asset lifetime, whilst achieving operational and maintenance success.

Next generation compliance is here
David L. Elam Jr, TRC Companies, USA, discusses fenceline monitoring for benzene at refineries within the context of the US EPA's Next Generation Compliance Strategy.

Safe and secure
Norm Phelps, Calderys, USA, and Bert Van Iersels, Joost Prinsen and Joost Meeuwissen, Calderys, the Netherlands, explore a turnkey project and the hows and whys of efficient maintenance and turnaround activities in plants seeking to upgrade their refractory linings.

Silver linings in refractories
Jens Sperber and Viktor Schönhof, Steuler-KCH GmbH, Germany, evaluate a newly developed high creep resistant material for refractory linings, and the different types of materials used in gaseous processes.

Maintenance matters
Matt Adams, Douglas-Westwood, UK, explains why there is a sustained demand growth forecast for the global downstream maintenance market.

Hydrocarbon Engineering provides an overview of maintenance, turnaround and upgrade projects undertaken in downstream oil, gas and petrochemical facilities around the world over the past 12 months.

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