Browse Editions : 2017
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Crude oil sourcing: price and opportunity

Misha Gangadharan, S D Pohanekar and M D Pawde, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd

2017 / Q1

Sourcing crudes for the best refining margin needs to be supported by a detailed procurement strategy
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Cuba's oil: due for development

Amaury Perez Sanchez, University of Camaguey

2017 / Q1

Cuba's ambitions for energy self-sufficiency require major investment in the nation's oil reserves and refining industry
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Control system security

Sinclair Koelemij, Honeywell Process Solutions

2017 / Q1

A major cyber attack on a refinery is a clear and present danger.  What lessons can be drawn from other sectors?
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Data operations transform fuels value

Craig Harclerode, OSIsoft

2017 / Q1

A refiner applied advanced analytics to develop techniques for processing opportunity crudes which minimise negative effects on the plant
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Profiting from plant data

Douglas White, Emerson Automation Solutions

2017 / Q1

Predictive analytics is an evolving technology with many potential applications in - and gains for - the process industries
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Optimal processing scheme for producing pipeline quality gas

Saeid Mokhatab, Gas Processing Consultant

Gerrit Bloemendal, Jacobs Comprimo Sulfur Solutions

2017 / Q1

Exploring processing line-ups for optimal design of sour gas processing plants
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Correcting vacuum column design flaws

Gary Martin, Recon Management Services Inc

2017 / Q1

Conventional design practices have been proven inadequate when maximising diesel recovery and gas oil cut point
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Analysing FCC hot spots

Kenneth Fewel, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology

2017 / Q1

Finite element analysis can be employed to improve the safety and quality of old or new designs and troubleshoot problems in the field
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Balanced distillation equipment design

Soun Ho Lee, GTC Technology

2017 / Q1

Fouling resistance and efficiency requirements for distillation equipment are balanced and optimised for reliable unit performance
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Firing high sulphur fuel

Adil Rehman, C Steven Lancaster, Sandeepan Ghosh, Om Prakash Sahu and Pawan Kumar Sharma, KBR Technology

2017 / Q1

An evaluation of schemes to improve firing efficiency and ensure the reliability of combustion equipment
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Combating reactor pressure drop

Ankita Jain and Ajay Gupta, Reliance Industries Ltd

2017 / Q1

A refiner investigates the causes of pressure drop due to fouling in a fixed bed reactor and considers an appropriate mitigation strategy
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The design temperature of flare systems

Paul David, Paul David Process Ltd

2017 / Q1

A key objective when setting flare system design conditions is to maintain the integrity of the system during fire relief
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Laser scanning with dimensional control

Petrer Field, Warner Surveys

2017 / Q1

Integrating traditional methodology with new scanning technologies to achieve higher order accuracies for critical interfaces and tie-in points
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Identifying contributors to flaring

P Sridhar, Indian Oil Corporation

2017 / Q1

Applying an integrated flare and fuel gas monitoring system to identify and eliminate major contributors to refinery flaring
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Increased steam methane reformer throughput

Marie Basin & Daniel Gary, Air Liquide

William Whittenberger & Jumal Shah, Johnson Matthey Process Technologies

2017 / Catalysis

Switching to a foil based catalyst technology raised throughput substantially for a hydrogen producer
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Optimising middle distillate production in a hydrocracker

Jens A Hansen & Asbjorn S Andersson, Haldor Topsoe

2017 / Catalysis

How to maximise middle distillate production and assure product quality from a range of hydrocracking catalysts and processing schemes
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Lessons from FCC history

Jacqueline Pope, Melissa Clough and Alexis Shackleford, BASF Catalysts

2017 / Catalysis

Detailed catalyst data collected over 15 years reveal shifts in FCC yields in response to changing market conditions, and provide a marker for future unit operations
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Designing and engineering catalysts for hydrotreating

Karl Krueger, Max Ovchinnikov and Thomas Weber, Criterion Catalysts & Technologies

2017 / Catalysis

Advanced analytical and experimental techniques combine in the development of a new hydrotreating catalyst
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Catalysts for higher middle distillate yields

Alex Yoon, Chevron Technology Marketing and Advanced Refining Technologies

Meredith Lansdown, Chevron

Brian Watkins, Advanced Refining Technologies

2017 / Catalysis

The appropriate hydroprocessing catalyst system can deliver higher yields of middle distillates at minimal cost
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Catalyst filling in a fixed bed tubular reactor

Subrata Das and Naresh Kumar Singh, Fluor Daniel

2017 / Catalysis

A reactor filling methodology ensures even reactant distribution and pressure drop
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Tier 3 gasoline from tight oil crudes

Tek Sutikno and Kevin Turini, Fluor Enterprises Inc

2017 / Q2

Assessing process schemes to counter loss of gasoline road octane when the crude feed includes tight oil
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Managing petcoke slurry

Prafull Patidar and Ajay Gupta, Reliance Industries

2017 / Q2

There is a good economic case for petcoke slurry as a refinery fuel, but first you need to deal with the rheology
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Handling mercury in gas processing plants

Saeid Mokhatab, Gas Processing Consultant

Panayiotis Theophanous and Alaa Shanableh, Johnson Matthey

2017 / Q2

Advances in the safe treatment and disposal of mercury in gaseous and liquid streams
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A broader view to improve energy efficiency

Nicolas Lambert and Filipa Goujard, Axens

2017 / Q2

A project to improve a FCC unit's energy efficiency took into account surrounding process units to expand opportunities for saving energy and utilities
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Exchanger cleaning contest: chemicals vs jetting

Haradi Anand Ashok and Ritwik Kumar Hatial, Mangalore Refinery Petrochemicals

2017 / Q2

Chemical cleaning proved to be more effective than water jetting to increase the efficiency of a high heat flux exchanger
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Membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment

Brian Arntsen, Stephen Katz and Wajahat Syed, GE Water & Process Technologies

2017 / Q2

Processing opportunity crudes enables higher profits but introduces bigger challenges in effluent treatment
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On-demand propylene from naphtha

Bart De Graaf and Ray Fletcher, Inovacat B.V.

Angelos Lappas, Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute of the Center for Research and Technology

2017 / Q2

A new catalytic process targets economic production of propylene from naphtha at relatively low capital and operating costs
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Upgrading CO2 removal systems

V K Arora, Kinetics Process Improvements

2017 / Q2

Simple modifications to three carbon dioxide removal systems raised their efficiences with short payback periods
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Revamping crude towers to meet bitumen specifications

Secil Uzun and Murat Ercan, Tupras

2017 / Q2

A revamp of crude column internals improved bitumen quality, increased output of light products, saved on energy costs and improved ease of operation
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Model predictive control of a distillation unit

Otmar Lorenz, Bernd-Markus Pfeiffer, Michael Schuler and Ute Forstner, Siemens

2017 / Q2

In a coordinated plant process, particular attention must be paid to control of individual columns
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Improving sulphur plant performance

Elmo Nasato, Nasato Consulting

2017 / Q2

Strict attention to utilities is critical to ensure safe and reliable sulphur recovery unit operation
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Building robust hydroprocessing operations

Amit Kelkar, Criterion Catalysts & Technologies

2017 / Q2

Advances in catalyst technology enable refiners to maximise profitability by processing opportunity crudes and running heavier feeds
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Building a refinery monitoring system

Soumen Mandal, P Sridhar, Sowmya Challa, A N Jadhav, Deepak Kewlani and Arnab Banerjee, Indian Oil Corporation

2017 / Q2

Developing a process network and unit monitoring system that identifies significant changes in process parameters
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Stopping corrosion on in-service structures

Merrick Alpert, EonCoat

2017 / Q2

Unlike more traditional coatings, chemically bonded phosphase ceramics can stop corrosion, extend equipment life, and minimise production downtime
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Optimise the route to emissions compliance

Alexandra Curtescu, Rik Schuffelen, Pavan Chilukuri and Gary Bowerbank, Shell Global Solutions

2017 / Gas

Increasingly stringent SO2 emission regulations may demand smart and cost-effective alternatives to generic amine based tail gas treating units
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SO2 breakthrough under the microscope

Nathan Hatcher, Clayton Jones and Simon Weiland, Optimized Gas Treating

2017 / Gas

Plant simulation reveals that any breakthrough of sulphur dioxide will cause havok in the tail gas treating unit
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Flexible thinking for capital projects

Mark Duisters, Jacobs Comprimo Sulfur Solutions

2017 / Gas

Conventional project planning and execution may not be the best approach for gas treating and sulphur recovery installations
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Simplifying hydrogen production

Diane Dierking and Ken Chlapik, Johnson Matthey Process Technologies

2017 / Gas

Catalyst systems developed for the purification and reforming sections of the hydrogen plant target significant barriers to efficient producton
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The impact of side reactions in sulphur recovery unit design

Sung-Ho Kim, Won-Seok Jung, Hee-Mun Lee and Geun-Soo Chang, GS Engineering & Construction

2017 / Gas

A full understanding of side reactions in the modified Claus process can help to improve sulphur recovery efficiency and optimise equipment design
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Improve sulphur plant performance through simulation

Jennifer Dyment, Chad Mondor and Frederic Tonnaire, Aspen Technology

2017 / Gas

The various units of the sulphur plant are closely connected, creating process dependencies that can be better understood using simulation
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Removing liquid-phase contaminants from hydrocarbon liquids

Thomas H Wines, Pall Corporation

Saeid Mokhatab, Gas Processing Consultant

2017 / Gas

A glass-free liquid/liquid coalescer system provides efficient filtration and liquid contaminants separation from NGL products
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Troubleshooting crude column constraints

Jill Borwn Burns, Kristen Becht and Brandt Mueller, Valero Energy

2017 / Q3

Multiple limitations to operating capacity were identified and resolved during a column turnaround
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Olefins and butanes to gasoline

Arvids Judzis Jr, Romain Lemoine, Jackie Medina and Stephen D Williams, CB&I

2017 / Q3

Increasing alkylation capacity to process readily available olefins can be an opportunity to add value to refinery operations
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Optimising the health of rotating equipment

Martin Turk, Schneider Electric

2017 / Q3

Applying predictive analytics to rotating equipment enables a preventative maintenance programme for improved savings
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APC in a mild hydrocracker fractionator

Arnold Kleine Buning, Bayernoil

Stephen Finlayson, AMT

Y Zak Friedman, Petrocontrol

2017 / Q3

Advanced proces control of a mild hydrocracker can save millions of dollars annually by maximising kerosene and/or diesel
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Crude fingerprinting and predictive analytics

Conrad Teran, GE Water & Process Technologies

2017 / Q3

Predictive modelling technology has been developed to predict the behavioural characteristics of crude oils and their blends
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Higher margin from the bottom of the barrel

Victor Scalco, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

2017 / Q3

Treating slurry oil in an electrostatic precipitator helps Indian refiners to increase production and profits and reduce environmental impact when processing
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Best practice desalting Part 1: crude flexibility window

Brad Mason, Nalco Champion

2017 / Q3

A replacement programme of desalter treatment chemistry transformed the operation of crude units struggling to meet performance targets
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Leveraging hydrocracking to upgrade low value streams

Adrienne Van Kooperen, Criterion Catalysts & Technologies/Zeolyst International

2017 / Q3

Flexible design of hydrocracking catalyst systems enables maximum conversion of lower value feed streams into more valuable liquid products
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FCC product fractionation for maximum LCO

Phillip Niccum, William McDaniel and Howard Pollicoff, KP Engineering

2017 / Q3

For increased production of diesel over gasoline, maximising recovery of LCO from the FC reactor can be part of the scheme
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Modelling the processing of gasifier feed

Ankit A Jain and Ajay Gupta, Reliance Industries Limited

2017 / Q3

Inlet particle size distribution is crucial to the performance of a gasifier.  A simulation exercise determines the performance of a rod mill processing gasifier feed
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Improving FCC unit profitability

Stelios Kyriakou, Costas Plellis-Tsaltakis and Dimitrios Gkanis, Hellenic Petroleum SA

Emmanuel Smaragdis, Matthias Scherer and Daniel McQueen, W R Grace

2017 / Q3

Upgrading the FCC catalyst and additive system enabled a refiner to increase olefins production with lower bottoms to coke and no increase in dry gas
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Controlling the hydrocarbon dew point of pipeline gas

Saeid Mokhatab, Gas Processing Consultant

Scott Northrop, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Michael Mitariten, Air Liquide

2017 / Q3

A key factor in selecting technology to control the hydrocarbon dew point of natural gas is the quantity of heavy hydrocarbons in the feed stream
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Modelling catalytic naphtha reforming

Reza Seif Mohaddecy and Sepehr Sadighi, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry

Ershad Amini, University of Tehran

2017 / Q3

A data handling modelling approach is applied to predict the output performance of a heavy naphtha catalytic reforming unit
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