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July 2022

The July issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering begins with a special report from Rystad Energy, outlining why Africa’s refining sector is poised for a revival. Topics in the issue include petrochemicals & plastics recycling, separation technology, turboexpanders & pumps, combustion technology, and a Sulfur Q&A with Comprimo, part of the Worley group.

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Africa takes centre stage
Mukesh Sahdev, Rystad Energy, discusses how Africa is poised for a downstream refining revival, as Europe prepares for the phase out of Russian oil and focuses on the energy transition.

Feedstock diversity
Wenjie Liu, Kai Zhang, Darui Wang, Hongmin Sun and Weimin Yang, Sinopec Shanghai Research Institute of Petrochemical Technology, China, discuss ethlybenzene production technology and its applications.

Plastic’s potential
Dr. Przemek Olszynski, KBR, Switzerland, explains the importance of plastics recycling, and introduces a holistic solution for transforming mixed and contaminated plastic waste feedstock into commercial hydrocarbon liquid and gas products.

Identify and overcome
Jason Lyu and Fred Tahmassi, AMT International, USA, alongside Runxing Xie, Beijing Zehua Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd, China, detail a project in which the companies helped to troubleshoot and rectify a giant C3 splitter.

Lean and agile
Uwe Boltersdorf, Sulzer Chemtech, Switzerland, outlines why it is important for separation technology specialists to operate according to both lean and agile manufacturing strategies.

Go with the flow
William Rivers, Tracerco, USA, details real-time solutions to measure interface levels, optimise emulsion and foam breaking chemicals, and determine flow characteristics.

An inside look at the inspection process
Eric Melgares and Evan Melgares, Atlas Copco Gas and Process, USA, present some guidelines for mindful turboexpander selections.

The green transition of shipping
Rasmus Gregersen, Svanehøj, Denmark, outlines how future-proof pump solutions can help to support the green energy transition on several fronts.

A practical approach to obtaining critical combustion measurements
Tyler Schertz, METTLER TOLEDO, USA, discusses the use of NIR TDL to acquire critical measurements in combustion, with a specific focus on deNOx and ammonia slip.

A call for action: unfire your heater for better performance
To meet current and future NOx requirements while allowing for a substantial increase in capacity from existing heaters, a practical technology is required. Matthew Martin, XRG Technologies, USA, details the benefits of implementing dispersed combustion in fired heaters in order to align with these requirements.

A camera’s contribution
Lenny Shaver, Advanced Energy, and Michael Li, Wonder Engineering Technologies Singapore, detail how the online deployment of infrared (IR) cameras for remote flare monitoring can lead to continuous, safe, and low-cost operations.

Sulfur Q&A
Hydrocarbon Engineering talks to Tobias Roelofs, Technology Specialist – Global R&D Coordinator, Comprimo, part of the Worley group.

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