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January 2021

In the January 2021 issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering, ExxonMobil considers the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the refining footprint. Our Contributing Editor, Nancy Yamaguchi, also assesses the state of MENA’s oil and gas sector in light of the pandemic. Other topics in this issue include digitalisation, separation technology, emissions monitoring, and our annual Catalyst Review.

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MENA: the pandemic and the petroleum sector
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, assesses the state of the MENA region’s oil and gas sector as it grapples with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Time to take stock
Andrew Brennan, ExxonMobil, USA, considers the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on refining footprint.

Improving enterprise-wide decision making
Jaideep Bhattacharya, Honeywell Connected Industrial, India, introduces a unified, real-time, gate-to-gate optimisation framework for facility-wide control and total profit optimisation.

At the edge of industrial autonomy
Kevin Zamzow, Yokogawa, USA, highlights the increasing importance of edge architecture and edge analytics as downstream facilities move towards industrial autonomy.

AI to the rescue
Jo-Anne Ting and Pushkar Kumar Jain, DataSeer, USA, explain how to deal with the high cost of legacy documents in refinery modifications and operations.

The great divide
Jason Lyu and Fred Tahmassi, AMT International Inc., USA, alongside Tieyong Liu, Beijing Zehua Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd, China, evaluate different applications for dividing wall columns.

Expanding possibilities
Lee Ming Yang, Sulzer Chemtech, Switzerland, introduces structured packing that has been developed for post-combustion carbon capture for pressure drop optimisation, and gas sweetening for capacity improvements.

Degassing contaminated water with microbubbles
Kim Fernandes, Veolia Water Technologies North America, describes a new degasification process that offers a fouling-resistant alternative to conventional packed towers for removing acid gases and volatile organic compounds from contaminated water.

The VRU's pulse check
Gavan Jenkinson and Anne Himmelberg, John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, USA, explain how to properly monitor emissions from vapour recovery units.

Clean as a whistle
Steve Houghton, Groome Industrial Service Group, USA, looks at the benefits of online selective catalytic reduction catalyst cleaning.

Catalyst Review
Hydrocarbon Engineering reviews some of the most advanced catalyst technologies available within the downstream industry today.

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