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May 2021

The May issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering includes topics on maintenance and reliability, LNG, gas analysis, and a cover story from Merichem Company looking at a new approach to lowering total sulfur in the LPG product stream. This issue also includes a Q&A with a number of experts in the catalyst and precious metals market.

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Contents

Latin America in focus
Contributing Editor, Gordon Cope, outlines the opportunities and challenges facing the oil and gas sector in a number of countries in Central and South America.

Subscribe to thrive
Jeff Bause, NOXCO, USA, explains the benefits of a subscription-style service in the refining and petrochemical industry to more accurately budget annual ongoing maintenance.

Mastering the mechanics
Jim McVay, MISTRAS Group, USA, explains the complexities of a full, comprehensive mechanical integrity (MI) programme, and how proper implementation can lead to fully-realised operations.

A clear plan of action
Randy Cruse, Sentry Equipment, USA, outlines how operations can be optimised with a refinery sample station audit.

A new way to lower sulfur
Saeid Aflakian, Merichem Company, USA, presents a new approach to lowering total sulfur in the LPG product stream.

End-flash is totally cool
Robert P. Saunderson, Air Products, USA, explores how to find the right combination of LNG subcooling and end-flash.

Keeping a steady flow
Nicola Curtis, Rotork, UK, explains how flow control supports safety and reliability in the LNG industry.

The key to competitiveness
Tony Dodd, Servomex, UK, explains how to improve operational excellence through digitalisation of gas analysis equipment.

Simulation in a world of trouble: part one
In the first of two parts, Ralph H. Weiland and Nathan A. Hatcher, Optimized Gas Treating Inc., USA, examine two case studies showing disparities between simulation and plant data caused by defective equipment and contaminated solvents.

Hot and cold recycle control
Nabil Abu-Khader, Compressor Controls Corp., UAE, discusses the operation of a two-shaft gas turbine-driven centrifugal compressor with hot and cold recycle lines.

Catalyst Q&A
Hydrocarbon Engineering talks to some of the catalyst industry’s foremost experts, who share their insights on the latest developments in the downstream catalyst and precious metals market.


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