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November 2018

The November issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering includes features on corrosion, compressors, catalysts, water treatment and software. It also contains a Q&A with several valve experts, and a regional report on the uncertain future of the Asian oil and gas sector.

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Fearing the future
Ng Weng Hoong, Contributing Editor, considers Asia’s economic outlook in the face of the rising oil cost, surging US dollar, and geopolitical upheavals.

Tackling tough environments
Julie Holmquist, Cortec Corp., USA, explains how vapour corrosion inhibitor technologies can be used to minimise corrosion in petrochemical facilities.

In shining armour
Marcel De Haan, Hempel A/S, UK, explains how advancements in tank coating technology are defending against corrosion and making savings down the line.

Catalytic technologies network
Magdalena Ramirez, Idaho National Laboratory, USA, introduces the idea of a collaborative research organisation to connect R&D outputs to industrial applications.

Maximising activity
Guillaume Poussin, Crealyst-Group, and Thiago Caldas, Crealyst-Oil, France, explain how adjustments to catalyst loading systems can benefit refiners.

Operation: FCC octane optimisation
Miray Genç and Eda Bayraktar Dalgiç, Tüpras Head Office, Utku Karani and Ilay Er, Tüpras Izmir Refinery, and Tom Ventham, Johnson Matthey, discuss a plant trial using an additive solution to boost FCC gasoline octane.

A helping hand from hydrogen
Martin Grolms, Neuman & Esser, Germany, looks at the use of hydrogen compressors for hydrocracking in oil refineries.

Optimising performance
Serge Staroselsky, CCC, alongside Gioacchino Mugnieco and Salvatore Avarino, ENI Versalis, as well as Roberto G. Presenti and Jan Van Bauwel, Nalco Champion, present a case study where a turbo train performance monitoring system optimised a charge gas compressor in an ethylene plant.

First time right
Luder Zegarra, AST Turbo Switzerland, discusses utilising IT tools to help execute turnaround operations right first time.

Repair, recover, rejuvenate
Anna Icart, Kurita Europe GmbH, Germany, explains how a new method of repairing RO membranes is improving salt rejection rates at a desalination plant.

Streamlining projects
Brian McGovern and David Stanek, SUEZ - Water Technologies and Solutions, and Kenny Lawson, Great River Industries, USA, explain how a design-build process is helping to streamline delivery of a wastewater treatment plant expansion at a US petrochemical facility.

Tackling water demand
Tomer Efrat and Hadar Goshen, IDE Technologies, Israel, outline the benefits of using multi-effect distillation for steam generation in refineries and petrochemical plants.

Protecting a precious resource
Rajneesh Chopra, VA TECH WABAG Ltd, India, argues that water reclamation is the key to ensuring water security.

Accuracy assessment
Derek Blagg, Varec, USA, discusses options for aligning tank gauging technology with needs and budget.

Secure to endure
Greg Maciel, Honeywell Process Solutions, USA, provides a case study to illustrate how downstream companies can drive often overlooked security changes, yielding operational benefits for years to come.

Knowledge is king
Mark Routt, KBC, USA, explains why organisations in the downstream oil and gas sector need to turn to digitalisation in order to sustain a competitive advantage.

Seeing is understanding
Rick Standish, AVEVA, UK, discusses the importance of realising the digital refinery through a long-term digital transformation strategy.

Cut downtime, enhance optimisation
Richard Tan and Ricardo Castaneda, Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), outline the benefits of a control valve health-monitoring system.

Valves Q&A
Hydrocarbon Engineering questions a number of valve experts on emissions regulations, valve maintenance, technology development and the opportunities presented by the digital age.

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