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March 2022

The March issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering includes features on catalyst technology, feedstock flexibility, clean fuels, digitalisation, safety, cybersecurity and much more. This month’s regional report examines the US fuels markets as the country begins its climb back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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US fuels emerging from the pandemic
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, explores the state of the US fuels market as the country begins its slow climb back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maximising value with C5 olefins
Nikolas Larsen and Nicholas Newlon, Marathon Petroleum Corp., alongside Namal de Silva, Daniel Neuman, Yorklin Yang and Brian Killeen, BASF Corp., detail the companies’ collaborative investigation to demonstrate that C5 olefin maximisation can be delivered through FCC catalysts.

Keeping things flexible
Jitendra Chellani, KBC (A Yokogawa Company), and Hans Lidman, Nynas, outline how to improve margins through feedstock flexibility.

Fuels of the future
Kevin Bockwinkel, Randy Peterson and Samantha Presley, Elessent Clean Technologies, explore the role of gasoline in the clean fuels market.

Tackling unusual desalter challenges
Wole Olowu and Tim Oubre, Athlon, a Halliburton Service, USA, offer solutions to some unique desalter challenges that the company has helped refiners to overcome.

A race to the bottom
Neil Richards, PS Filter, Canada, explains why buying the cheapest product is not always the best solution.

Can electric pull its weight?
Decarbonisation efforts worldwide have accelerated the shift from fossil fuels to renewables. One way many industrial organisations can embrace this is by changing process heater systems from fuel-burning to electric. Dennis Long and Roly Juliano, Watlow, USA, detail why.

Embracing change
Ilan Toledano, Wattco, Canada, evaluates how downstream oil and gas industry leaders are managing the energy transition.

Safety: more than a buzzword
Fred J. Gossen, Jr, Hallwood Modular, USA, discusses the importance of facility siting in order to ensure worker safety in high-risk environments.

Not rocket science
Sam Miorelli, Siemens Energy, USA, presents a simplified, four-step approach to stronger cybersecurity in downstream operations.

The value of digital assistance
Samuli Bergman, NAPCON, Finland, explains how machine learning can aid operators of oil refineries and petrochemical facilities.

Out with the old
Phil Millette, Honeywell Process Solutions, UK, discusses how timely technology upgrades extended the life of critical assets at Petroleum Development Oman’s government gas plant.

Closed-loop neural networks
Gil Cohen and Abishek Mukund, Imubit, outline the requirements to automate key operating strategies in closed-loop to achieve optimal plant profitability.

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