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April 2009

On this month's cover: Gas Technology Products Division of Merichem Chemicals & Refinery Services LLC is a global leader in sulfur removal/recovery since 1978. They offer a complete portfolio of hydrogen sulfide removal processes to sweeten gas streams containing any concentration and amount of hydrogen sulfide.


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Contents

Editors Comment
Editors Comment

World News
Contract awards, project updates, industry latest, news digest, diary dates, mergers and acquisitions

The World's Premier Refining Centre
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, reports on the growth and development of Asia’s refi ning industry

The First Step
Brendan P. Sheehan, Honeywell Process Solutions, USA, and Xin Zhu, UOP, a Honeywell Company, USA, explore energy optimisation in plant processes

Paying Attention To Performance Indicators
Carlos Ruiz and Diego Ruiz, Soteica Europe SL, Spain, discuss the importance of using key performance indicators for real time energy management

Sulfur Review
Hydrocarbon Engineering provides a comprehensive overview of the key technologies available to plant/refinery operations

Lims Integration
Kevin Smith and Colin Thurston, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA, explain the benefits of introducing LIMS at hydrocarbon processing and LNG plants

Reliable Moisture Measurement
Ken Soleyn, GE Sensing and Inspection Technologies, USA, explains the importance of calibration and verification for trace moisture sensors

An Investigation of Analysis Techniques
Dirk Wissmann and Olaf Schulz, Spectro Analytical Instruments GmbH, Germany, discuss elemental analysis of sulfur and trace elements in alcohol gasoline blends for use as automotive spark ignition engine fuel using ICP-OES and ED-XRF spectrometry

Biodiesel Additives
Colin Horton, SBZ Corporation, discusses methods of improving biodiesel

Applying The Heat
Michael Dicker, Heat Trace Ltd, UK, provides an update on heat tracing and considers the various systems now available

Two Eyes On The Temperature
Paul Rosenberger and Michael Holzbauer, Bartec GmbH, Austria, describe the company's methods for maintaining temperature levels at one of Austria’s biggest natural gas stations

Meeting Market Demands
Joe Gallehugh, oil and gas industry writer, explains how FMC Technologies Measurement Solutions, USA, teamed up with CLH to meet Spain's demand for biofuels

Achema Preview
Hydrocarbon Engineering previews a selection of companies, active within the downstream hydrocarbon processing industry, that will be exhibiting at ACHEMA 2009


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