Hydrocarbon Engineering’s July issue features our Annual Pumps, Valves and Seals Review, providing an overview of the latest and most advanced pumps, valves and seals technologies available within the downstream industry. IPC kicks off this year’s review, taking an in-depth look at developments within the downstream control valve market. This month’s Regional Report, written by Contributing Editor Gordon Cope, homes in on the US petrochemical industry, outlining the opportunities and challenges facing the sector, while the Keynote article from the Diesel Technology Forum looks at the recent advancements in clean diesel technology. The issue also includes features on Safety & Security, Heat Technology, Wastewater, Petrochemical Processing and Condition Monitoring. To round off this issue, we talk to Michele Budd at BP Lubricants Global Supply Chain in this month’s 15 Questions.
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Onwards and upwards
The US petrochemical industry is expanding at a rapid clip, due largely to the growth of natural gas. But how long can this last? Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, explores the opportunities and challenges facing the sector.
Clean diesel: the new generation
Allen Schaeffer, Diesel Technology Forum, USA, explains how today's ultra low sulfur diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective emissions control have combined to create a smoke free, clean diesel technology that achieves near zero emissions.
Jörg Isenberg, AUMA Riester GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, explains the key requirements for valve actuators used in safety instrumented systems in downstream applications, with a focus on risk reduction.
Ardem Antabian, MSA – The Safety Company, USA, describes how a petrochemical plant on the US Gulf Coast successfully changed out its old hydrogen sulfide detectors using modern gas detection equipment.
Gas on film
Kristof Maddelein, FLIR Systems, Belgium, examines how optical gas imaging technology has been successfully applied in the downstream industries to help improve worker safety and prevent costly production shutdowns.
The safest support
Cynthia Spitzenberger and Lindsay Deal, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, USA, outline the benefits of risk-based decision support for the safe operation and control of hydrocarbon processing facilities.
FCC-RR design hurdles
M. Senthilnath, Mehul B Dholakia, Avedhesh Gupta and Pradeep Darji, L&T-Chiyoda Limited, India, examine the best approach and challenges encountered when designing an FCCU integrated reactor regenerator (RR) section.
Upping the voltage
Mark Wheeler and Christopher Molnar, Chromalox, Inc., USA, explain how medium voltage technology greatly reduced installation, operating and maintenance costs for a multitude of thermal processes throughout an entire LNG facility.
Working with wastewater
Kirill Ukhanov, GE Water & Process Technologies, Russia, describes how advanced membrane technology is helping a Russian refinery to meet stringent wastewater requirements.
All about accuracy
Werner Arts, LAR Process Analysers AG, Germany, evaluates the effectiveness of true total organic compound (TOC) analysers in two separate downstream facilities.
Eric Stafford, Thierry Tison and Harrie Neefs, Heurtey Petrochem, France, examine optimum operating conditions with regard to heat efficiency for refinery, petrochemical and syngas applications.
Lifting the lid on black box technology
Brazed aluminium heat exchangers are still often viewed as a black box technology in some quarters. Paul Shields, Chart Industries, Inc., UK, and Sam Thigpen, Chart Lifecycle, Inc., USA, introduce a new approach for optimised performance and longevity in the downstream processing industries.
The drive to success
George Buckbee, Metso, USA, looks at the key aspects of condition monitoring, and how these can help drive reliability and process improvement in refineries and petrochemical facilities worldwide.
Tried and tested
Tyler Brower, Ebara International Corporation, USA, discusses the evolution of the submersed motor pump for use in the hydrocarbon and petrochemical industries.
Control valve evolution
Massimiliano Di Febo and Pasquale Paganini, IPC, Italy, and Antonio Folcando and Michele Coniglio, Bellino S.r.l, Italy, discuss the recent developments in downstream control valve technology.
Pumps, Valves & Seals Review
Hydrocarbon Engineering provides an overview of some of the downstream oil and gas industry's most advanced pumps, valves and seals technologies.
15 questions with...
Hydrocarbon Engineering talks to Michele Budd, Manager, BP Lubricants Global Supply Chain, about chemical engineering, technological developments and encouraging young people to join the industry.