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Refining-petrochemicals integration: an Indian view

Vahidunnisa Qureshi, Vivek Chate and Prabhat Srivastava Fluor Daniel India

 

2018 / Q1

Integrating a refinery with a petrochemicals complex offers high value products and a boost to gross margin
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Maximising CDU performance

Sandeep Ram Mohan Aspen Technology

2018 / Q1

Scalable simulation of crude unit operations enables refineries to build increasingly rigorous models to enhance performance
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Improved economics with increased condensation

Tom Higley Calgavin

2018 / Q1

Attention to the influence of heat transfer mechanisms will promote better economic performance in heat exchanger operation
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Advances in residue hydrocracking

Ujjal Mukherjee and Dan Gillis Chevron Lummus Global

2018 / Q1

Recent developments in ebullated bed hydrocracking technology target high residue conversion and high quality products
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Dealing with hydrogenation catalyst poisons

Dirk Lose, Ernesto J Angueira and Markus Schulte CRI Catalyst Anke Derking Shell Global Solutions International

2018 / Q1

For stable operation of a pyrolysis gasoline unit, it is crucial to know the effects of poisons and inhibitors on catalyst performance and how to counteract them  
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Dynamic column simulation delivers reduced relief load

Harry Z Ha and David B Mercer Fluor Canada

2018 / Q1

Dynamic modelling of a gasoline hydrodesulphurisation column simulates the column relief profile during power failure
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Compressor improvements turn benchmarks into savings

 Christian Prinz Hoerbiger

2018 / Q1

How can refiners create real improvements at plant level? Reciprocating compressors are likely candidates
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The future for hydrocracking: part 2

Patrick Christensen, Amy Hearn and Thomas Yeung Hydrocarbon Publishing Company

2018 / Q1

Technical solutions and strategies for innovative hydrocracking technologies are needed to meet challenging environmental legislation and future market challenges  
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Managing knowledge retention

Ian Peirson IDBS

2018 / Q1

With continued activity in mergers and acquisitions, companies need to consolidate assets to survive or retain their influence in the market
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SOx and NOx emission abatement in the FCC

Kate Hovey and Rick Fisher Johnson Matthey 

2018 / Q1

The complexities of sulphur and nitrogen species formation in the FCC call for tailor made catalyst additive chemistry to limit formation of polluting emissions 
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Crude analysers in corrosion prevention

Gregory Shahnovsky, Ariel Kigel and Ronny McMurray Modcon-Systems Ltd

2018 / Q1

On-line salt-in-crude oil analysers and crude oil analysers are essential in protecting the CDU and other refinery process units from corrosion
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Challenges in producing BS-VI diesel

Karthick R, Nandakumar V, Shyamprasad Kamath, M Vinayakumar and M Venkatesh ONGC-MRPL

2018 / Q1

An Indian refiner describes the technical challenges of meeting a leap in fuel quality specification
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Opening the crude flexibility window: enhancing crude unit capabilities

Philip Thornthwaite and Brad Mason Nalco Champion

2018 / Q1

Innovative online analysers help refiners to mitigate crude unit threats in real time and provide new insights into existing problems
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Advanced process control of distillation

Hans Aalto and Stefan Tötterman Neste Jacobs

2018 / Q1

The introduction of model predictive control enabled a bio-products plant to raise throughput and automate product variation
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Surfactant-stabilised emulsions in amine units for LPG treating

David Engel, Heath Burns and Scott Williams Nexo Solutions

2018 / Q1

Emulsion formation by surfactants is one of the most complex problems facing amine units treating refinery LPG
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Producing ultra low sulphur gasoline with octane retention

Jignesh Fifadara Albemarle

2018 / Catalysis

A drop-in catalyst enabled refiners to meet ultra low sulphur gasoline requirements with more severe feedstocks while retaining octane barrels
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In-line H2S analysis during sulphiding

Francis Humblot Arkema 

2018 / Catalysis

In-line analysis enables constant measurement of H2S concentration in hydrogen recycle gas during catalyst sulphiding
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Interpreting FCC equilibrium catalyst data

Alexis Shackleford BASF 

2018 / Catalysis

Regular Ecat and fines analysis provides information to support optimum performance from the FCC
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Catalyst passivation for safer, more efficient turnarounds

Alvaro Barrueto ENAP Refinerías
Ian Baxter and Gary Welch Cat Tech International

2018 / Catalysis

Eliminating inert entry for catalyst changeout in a hydrocracker
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Hydroprocessing rate increase using shaped charges

Adrienne Van Kooperen Criterion Catalysts & Technologies/Zeolyst International 
James Esteban Criterion Catalysts & Technologies 
Brandon Murphy Marathon Petroleum Company 

2018 / Catalysis

Catalyst size and shape are critical contributors to hydroprocessing reactor performance 
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Automating catalyst withdrawal for improved safety

Kate Hovey and Rick Fisher Johnson Matthey

2018 / Catalysis

Catalyst withdrawals can be carried out continuously and reliably, minimising operator risk and maintaining the integrity of withdrawal piping
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Prompt start-up with cracked feed

Michael Martinez and Guillaume Vincent Porocel

2018 / Catalysis

Presulphurisation technology enables refiners to process cracked feed immediately after start-up while maintaining catalytic performance
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Countering hydrate formation in an NGL recovery unit

Jenn Welsh Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company 
Justin C Slagle Bryan Research & Engineering
Steve Cheaney Dickson Process Systems
Glenn Shiveler Sulzer Chemtech USA

2018 / Gas

Process modelling can be used to validate data from the plant and identify the most effective approach to process optimisation
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Gas: the low-carbon fuel?

 Chris Cunningham PTQ

2018 / Gas

The natural gas industry has some way to go to make its full contribution to climate change targets
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Minimise amine losses in gas and liquid treating

Eric Teletzke and Bhavna Madhyani INEOS GAS/SPEC Technology Group

2018 / Gas

Even with incomplete information, a systematic approach can be used to identify the source of amine losses and the action needed to reduce them
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Accuracy of measured lean amine H2S loading

Ralph H Weiland, Nathan A Hatcher, Clayton E Jones, Steven M Fulk and Simon A Weiland Optimized Gas Treating, Inc.

2018 / Gas

When solvent regeneration is done robustly the most accurate assessment of lean loadings can be by simulation rather than by measurement
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Modelling ethane absorption in MEA solution

Leonardo Leite Garcia De Souza, Alvaro Luiz Ribeiro Sarmet Moreira Smiderle, Igor Sanches Militão and Moacir De Alcântara Petrobras SA

2018 / Gas

Solving foaming problems related to absorption of hydrocarbon and feed contaminants by amine solution
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Developments in H2S scavenging

Marc Schulz UltraFab 

2018 / Gas

Advances in the application of triazine scavengers have significantly improved process efficiencies
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Boosting energy efficiency in aromatics processing

Sunil Kumar, Prasenjit Ghosh and Shrikant Nanoti CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum

2018 / Q2

Simulation of a revamped process scheme with improved heat integration indicates big gains through energy savings and emissions abatement
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Enhanced energy recovery for crude preheating

Eva Andersson Alfa Laval
Ibrahim Tahric Preem

2018 / Q2

Replacing shell and tube heat exchangers with a compact welded exchanger increased heat transfer efficiency and reduced fouling issues in a crude unit
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Machine learning in asset maintenance

John Hague AspenTech

2018 / Q2

Application of machine learning to asset performance management marks a transition from estimated and statistical models towards measured patterns of behaviour
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Wireless instruments in corrosive and hazardous locations

Sheikh Rafik Manihar Ahmed and Kuleesha Malik Fluor Daniel India

2018 / Q2

Wireless instruments introduce a range of benefits in corrosive and hazardous process areas
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Designing for a sourer future

Debopam Chaudhuri and Srinivasa Oruganti Fluor  

2018 / Q2

Achieving the right sulphur plant capacity and configuration is crucial to the proper operation of a refinery 
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Dividing wall columns for gas plants

Manish Bhargava, Roomi Kalita And David Kockler GTC Technology

 

2018 / Q2

Uniting two unit offerings into one column shell can lead refiners to improve the profitability of their gas plants
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Challenges and opportunities of an FCC revamp

Rashed Al Fadhli And Subhash Chander Singhal KNPC
Dharmesh Panchal Honeywell UOP

2018 / Q2

An FCC revamp for enhanced refinery performance and profitability called for close coordination with the technology licensor and contractors
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Maximising heat exchanger cleaning

Berthold Otzisk Kurita Europe
Ladislav Úradnícek Leader Technology

2018 / Q2

Powerful chemical cleaning programmes reduce downtime and increase the efficiency of heat exchangers
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Innovation in supply chain planning

Dennis Ostendorf Quintiq

2018 / Q2

Software that can be configured to solve any problem in the supply chain is critical to planning in the oil and gas industry
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Process flow determines coker heater performance

Rahul C Patil, Pinakiranjan Patra, Ajay Gupta, Ved Prakash Mishra and Asit Kumar Das Reliance Industries

2018 / Q2

Uniform tube metal temperature resulting from a change in process flow enhances the run length of a delayed coker heater
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Replacing a corroded column with packing internals

Yang Quan, Markus Duss And Dong Jiao-Jiao Sulzer Chemtech

2018 / Q2

A corroded column was replaced with a new column equipped with high capacity packing. The cross sectional area is less than half that of the original
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Packed bed performance analytics

Lowell T Pless Tracerco

2018 / Q2

Advanced analytics introduce a numerical and easily understood approach to tower gamma scanning
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Heavy feed characterisation: a molecular approach

Glen Hay And Lante Carbognani Virtual Materials Group
Hideki Nagata Fuji Oil Company

2018 / Q2

Characterising heavy feeds on a molecular basis, together with kinetic studies, accurately predicts the reactivity of a wide range of vacuum residues
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Reducing plant downtime

 Andy Hollins ABB

2018 / Q3

The benefits of including a non-intrusive approach within a risk based strategy for the inspection of pressure vessels
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Maximising propylene and isobutylene from the FCC

Valentin Nilca, Adrian Ionut Tudose and Tiberiu Crudu KMG Rompetrol
Ljubica Simic and Maria Luisa Sargenti Grace

2018 / Q3

A combination of recent catalyst and additive developments raised a refinery’s output of FCC propylene and isobutylene  
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Efficient membrane systems for natural gas dehydration

Michael Mitariten Air Liquide Advanced Separations
Saeid Mokhatab Gas Processing Consultant

2018 / Q3

Applications of membrane technology for reducing water content in natural gas to meet pipeline specifications
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Increasing resid processing flexibility

Runpu Zhao Beijing CUP-Qiantai Supercritical Extraction Technology Company
Warren Chung Well Resources Inc
Zhifang Tang and Bo Yuan North Huajin Chemicals Industries Group
Zhiming Xu and Suoqi Zhao China University of Petroleum
Keng H Chung Chinese Academy of Sciences

2018 / Q3

A resid processing technology converts low value refinery streams to full range refinery products
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The corrosion-fouling cycle in amine systems

Robert James Pall (Canada)
Ali Arshad Pall Corporation

2018 / Q3

Recommendations to reduce the impact of the mechanisms of corrosion in amine systems
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Controlling the metals content of FCC equilibrium catalyst

Hernando Salgado Saudi Aramco

2018 / Q3

A method for calculating catalyst make-up provides a means to control the stability of FCC equilibrium catalyst in terms of metals content
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Opening the crude flexibility window: automation manages threats in real time

Philip Thornthwaite Nalco Champion 

2018 / Q3

By increasing the volume of quality data, refiners can automate the correct addition of chemical additives to respond to variations in unit performance
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Burner retrofit increases capacity and cuts costs

Roy Bisnett Zeeco

2018 / Q3

Replacement burners in a hydrogen reactor feed heater saved the cost of retrofit within a week
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Water treatment on contract

Mark Dyson Veolia Water Technologies - Mobile Water Services

2018 / Q3

Rented mobile water services can be a cost effective alternative to capital investment in water treatment plant
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Some myths about mechanical cleaning

Marcello Ferrara and Cristina Ferrara ITW 

2018 / Q3

Because it has long been the only option when unit cleaning becomes unavoidable, the true cost of mechanical cleaning has been overlooked
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Effect of reactor inlet temperature in a hydrotreater

Amit Kalyan Chandra Indian Oil Corporation Limited

2018 / Q3

Solving a problem of pressure drop in a naphtha hydrotreater led to fresh insights into the role of reactor inlet temperature 
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Low cost gasoline from low octane feed

Stephen Sims, Elena Lobichenko, Iosif Lishchiner and Olga Malova
New Gas Technologies – Synthesis

2018 / Q3

Naphtha and methanol are the feedstocks for production of high octane, low cost gasoline
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Predictive analytics in incident prevention

William R Brokaw Kestrel Management

2018 / Q3

Predictive analytics can support risk management by identifying where failures are likely to occur and what can be done to prevent them
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Structured catalyst for steam reforming

Sanjiv Ratan ZoneFlow Reactor Technologies
Juray De Wilde Université Catholique de Louvain

2018 / Q3

A catalyst system for steam methane reforming for improved heat transfer, pressure drop and catalyst effectiveness 
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Reducing hydrogen consumption in diesel hydrotreating

Pradyut Kumar Dhar, G Valavarasu, Peddy V C Rao and Gandham Sri Ganesh
Hindustan Petroleum Green R&D Centre

2018 / Q3

Fractionating a raw diesel stream before hydrotreating reduces consumption of hydrogen to produce high quality diesel
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