Hydrocarbon Engineering

Hydrocarbon Engineering

This month’s issue has a distinct focus on gas. With a lead feature on gas processing and treating, and subsequent features on gas analysis and industrial gases, this issue is full to the brim with technical insights and case studies from the downstream gas sector, from companies including Ametek Process Instruments, AECOM, Cameron, Optimized Gas Treating, Fives Pillard, UOP and Linde. Furthermore, this month’s Regional Report from Contributing Editor Gordon Cope, homes in on the challenges facing South America’s gas industry, while the Clean Fuels Keynote article from ABB focuses on an innovative coal seam gas to LNG project in Australia. But the February 2016 issue does not stop there. A number of other exciting topics are also featured, including process control, turbomachinery and pumps and valves. To finish, we give you 15 facts on Texas!

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A South American story
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, reports on South America, a region blessed with tremendous natural gas wealth, as well as tremendous challenges.

Clean and clear
Producing 40% less carbon dioxide than coal, coal bed methane is a clean fuel that forms the basis of an innovative production project in Australia. Nick Henebery and Gary Burks, ABB, UK, explain how a comprehensive automation system aids the world’s first project to turn coal seam gas into LNG.

The MMEA contamination problem
Ralph H. Weiland, G. Simon A. Weiland and Nathan A. Hatcher, Optimized Gas Treating, Inc., USA, examine the effect of MMEA on the performance of tail gas and AGE units.

Putting a trace on components: part three
Johnny Johnson, Jeff Matthews and Jane Nichols, AECOM, USA, present the final part of their study of trace components, focusing on NGL recovery, fractionation and treating.

Treating H2S is elemental
Tom Engert, Cameron, USA, explores the various methodologies employed when removing acid gas from processed gas, and how the byproducts can be used.

Revamping the system
Stephan Laux and Jean-Louis Navarre, UOP, USA, explore how refineries can increase profitability by updating their hydrogen pressure swing adsorption system.

Oxygen is key
Tobias Kahlert, Linde AG, Germany and Goutam Shahani, Shure-Line Construction, USA, explain how oxygen vacuum pressure swing adsorption systems can enhance the manufacturing process in refineries and chemical facilities.

Light my fire
Bernard Lafont, Fives Pillard, France, outlines the benefits of a new technology for sulfur recovery units that guarantees a higher level of flame monitoring accuracy, with safer burner operation as a result.

Controlling CO2
Airat Amerov, Ametek Process Instruments, USA, explores the advantages of using tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy for measuring carbon dioxide in LNG processing.

Just add ethanol
Peter Pergande, Icon Scientific, UK, explains the technical and economic aspects of manufacturing and blending motor gasoline, and looks at the problems associated with controlling and certifying final product quality when ethanol is added to meet biofuels mandates.

Easy as EPC
Gregory L. Hall, P.E., BCCK Engineering, Inc., USA, describes the benefits of using a full service EPC contractor for gas processing projects.

Get cracking
Neil Owen, FS-Elliott Co., LLC, USA, examines how a highly customised compressed air solution affected a newly installed ethane cracker producing premium grade polyethylene.

Safety system separation
Ian Popplewell, Trinity Integrated Systems, UK, Rich Kamphaus, Woodward Inc., USA, Steve Sabin, SETPOINT Vibration, USA, and Serge Staroselsky, Compressor Controls Corporation, USA, explain how companies can protect their business by ensuring separation between controls and safety systems.

360° troubleshooting
Luder Zegarra, AST Turbo AG, Switzerland, explores a holistic approach to troubleshooting machinery malfunctions.

Positive displacement pumps
John. H. Hall, Viking Pump, Inc., USA, evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of rotary positive displacement pumps conforming to the API 676 design standard.

Qualifying quality
Rahul Raura, Crane ChemPharma & Energy, USA, discusses best practises for valve users, and explains how to select the best equipment for refining applications worldwide.

15 facts on...
This month we give you 15 facts on Texas.

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