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March 2019

This issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering includes features on safety, catalysts, heat technology, corrosion, blending technology, flaring and biofuels. This month’s regional report from Nancy Yamaguchi debates whether the US’s resurgence as a top oil producer will have positive or negative consequences in the long-term.

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A reversal of (mis)fortune
Dr. Nancy D. Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, debates whether the US’s recent resurgence as a top oil producer will be a positive or a negative in the long-term.

Creating the refinery of the future
Marion Burlak, Stan Carp, Keith Couch and Matthew Griffiths, Honeywell UOP, USA, explain how to best integrate petrochemicals in existing plants and tap new profits.

Safety and security on two fronts
Justin Maloney, Atlas Field Services, USA, outlines the importance of integrating cyber and physical security measures in downstream facilities.

Evolving threats
Fred Gossen Jr, Hallwood Modular, USA, outlines the need for robust security measures at downstream facilities in the face of increasing external threats.

Robots to the rescue
Peter Knubben and Demian de Wit, Mourik Industry, the Netherlands, explain how robotisation can reduce downtime and create safer work environments during catalyst change-outs.

Mercaptans no more
Taillon Régis, Quadrimex Chemical, France, demonstrates how catalysts can be used to remove impurities in light and heavy hydrocarbons.

Setting the trap
Adam Toenjes, Parkland Fuel Corp., Canada, and Todd Hochheiser and Heather Blair, Johnson Matthey, USA, review how FCC operational flexibility and enhanced optimisation can be achieved with a metals trapping additive.

Finding hidden value
Christophe Chau, W. R. Grace & Co., and Sushant Gupta, Wood Mackenzie, Singapore, discuss strategies of extracting FCC value amidst challenging market dynamics.

A route through IMO 2020
Miray Genç, Tüpras Technical Services, Utku Karani, Ibrahim Çagri Emiroglu, Ilay Er, and Mert Sönmez, Tüpras Izmir Refinery, as well as Jag Lall, Honeywell UOP, discuss FCC clarified oil routes after IMO 2020.

2020 vision
Matthew Bridgeman and George Davidson, Quadrise Fuels International, UK, explore emulsion fuels as a response to IMO 2020 regulations.

Benchmarking fuel blending systems (part two)
Dr. Suresh S. Agrawal and Meena S. Agrawal, Offsite Management Systems, USA, explore a methodology to benchmark the state of a refinery’s fuel blending system through a real life case study.

All's well that blends well
Didier Lambert, Claude Saint-Martin, Vincent Marchal, and Edwige Bana, Topnir Systems, France, alongside Gábor Bereznai, MOL Production, Hungary, and Zoltan Kis and István Várkonyi, ABB, Hungary, review a case study where a Hungarian refinery’s blending technology was optimised.

Letting off steam
Jason DuBose, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International, USA, discusses types of corrosion in steam turbine rotors and the best methods of prevention.

Dressing up smart
Francesca Crolley, Synavax Inc., USA, explains how smart coatings can offer corrosion under insulation solutions for petrochemical assets.

Countering corrosion
John B. Sabey, ProSep, USA, discusses how injection mixers can be optimised to target the root causes of overhead corrosion.

Keeping an eye on corrosion
Tim Stevenson and David Astles, Ionix Advanced Technologies Ltd, UK, evaluate the benefits and challenges of installed transducers in refineries for in-service corrosion monitoring and asset integrity.

Reducing the water footprint
Renate Ruitenberg, Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company, USA, discusses how to safely use treated sewage effluent in industrial cooling systems in order to reduce a refinery’s water footprint.

A breath of fresh air
William G. Osley, CALGAVIN Ltd, UK, explains how computational fluid dynamics studies are an essential tool for heat transfer engineers.

Wake up and smell the savings
Wivika Laike, Alfa Laval, Sweden, explains how compact heat exchangers can help recover waste heat and cut energy costs in aromatics production.

Reimagining the reboiler
Ali Bani-Kananeh, Ricardo Delgado and Roy Niekerk, Kelvion, outline the different types of reboiler available for demanding applications.

No business like flow business
Richard Koeken, Fluid Components International, the Netherlands, and Alessandro Esposito, Precision Fluid Controls, Italy, relate a case study in which a flowmeter helped to optimise the boiler air feed of a refinery’s sulfur recovery units.

Dangers in disguise
Clayton A. Francis, Zeeco, USA, explains why the greatest environmental impacts from flaring equipment can often seem harmless.

Seeing the wood for the trees
Charles Sorensen and David Sudolsky, Anellotech, USA alongside Frédéric Feugnet, IFP Energies nouvelles, France, and Pierre Beccat, Axens, France, discuss a new route to renewable fuel blendstocks.

One's waste, another's treasure
Stefan Süßmilch, Biofabrik Group, Germany, outlines a method of producing carbon dioxide neutral fuel from waste oils.

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