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March 2024

The March issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering begins with a regional report discussing US economic recovery and the impact on fuel prices and the oil market. Features in this issue include catalysts, carbon capture utilisation and storage, safety, digitalisation and heat technology. The issue also features a guest comment from the AFPM’s Vice President of Petrochemicals and Midstream.

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US markets: unseen recovery
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, discusses US economic recovery, the gradual control of fuel prices and the long-term oil market outlook.

Facilitating and quantifying industry improvements
Colin Frazier, American Petroleum Institute (API), explains how the API’s Process Safety Site Assessment Program (PSSAP®) can help hydrocarbon processing plants improve the safety of operations.

Revolutionising performance
Richard Caulkin, Tim Michalec and James Esteban, UNICAT Catalyst Technologies LLC, explore how revolutionary scientific modelling allows tailored optimisation of filtration grading and loading profiles to deliver 50% improvements in catalyst bed life.

Meeting enhanced quality demands
Ashley Ashford and Rahul Singh, Topsoe, explain the importance of hydrocracking based technologies in producing high quality, sustainable lubricants.

Collaborative control of SOx and NOx emissions
Dongyue Zhao, Chunfang Chen, and Haitao Song, SINOPEC Research Institute of Petroleum Processing Co. Ltd, alongside Xianyao Liang and Xianglong Xu, SINOPEC Beihai Refining & Chemical Co., explain how a novel additive can relieve the conflict between NOx and SOx removal efficiency.

Optimising fired heater operations
Tim Haugen, Quest Integrity, explores how advanced coil cleaning and inspection techniques can help plants optimise the performance of their fired heaters.

Reliability and longevity
Jim Lines, Graham Corp., USA, explains how the life of steam surface condensers can be maximised.

The path forward: capitalising on decarbonisation opportunities
Dr. Cecilia Mondelli and Stephen Shields, Sulzer Chemtech, look at the most promising CCUS technologies, which offer multiple benefits that go further than compliance with environmental regulations.

Facilitating the transition
Dr Chris Mills, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, UK, discusses how flow measurement will play a fundamental role in carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).

CO2 pipelines: challenges and threats
Dr. Sameera Naib and Dr. Daniel Sandana, ROSEN, evaluate the challenges and threats to consider when deciding whether to repurpose existing pipelines or build new pipelines for the transportation of carbon dioxide.

Playing a pivotal role
Klaus Reischl, SERO PumpSystems GmbH, Germany, highlights the important role played by side channel pumps in carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes.

A necessary culture shift
Tim Gale, 1898 & Co., reveals why a change in the culture of engineering is required to achieve security of industrial control systems.

Industrial cloud transforms the refinery of the future
Soni Malik, Alessandro Speranza and Rolando Gabarron, KBC (A Yokogawa Company), discuss how IIoT technologies optimise operations to improve efficiency and reliability.

Staying ahead
Ivan Kovtun, Endress+Hauser, Switzerland, explains how leveraging advanced digital technologies can transform the efficiency of inventory monitoring in the oil and gas industry.

A new era in plant digitalisation
Aleix Monteso, Inprocess Technology, Spain, details the advantages of using digital twin technologies for plant optimisation.

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