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April 2010

The main feature in this issue is the annual sulfur review, providing an overview of sulfur technology currently available to the downstream industry. The April regional reports are from Lloyd’s Register and David Hayes and look at the European and Chinese oil and gas industries respectively. This issue also focuses on petrochemical technologies with articles from Univation, Sud Chemie and John Zink.


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Contents

THE GROUND UNDER OUR FEET
Wijnand AJ Moonen, Lloyd's Register, explains how operators in Europe and North America must become swing producers in order to stabilise the ground on which they found their future operations.

POISED FOR FURTHER EXPANSION
David Hayes, Contributing Editor, reviews the current state of play in China’s downstream industry.

SULFUR RECOVERY IN SMALL REFINERIES
Tony Barnette, Merichem Chemicals & Refinery Services LLC, Gas Technology Products, USA, looks at the sulfur recovery process for independent refineries in China.

TOTAL SUCCESS
Anne-Lies van den Eynde and Tom Knaepkens, TOTAL Antwerp Refinery, and Michel Melin, Grace Davison Refining Technologies Europe, describe the successful application of the NEKTOR-ULCC FCC catalyst in the TOTAL Antwerp FCC 1 unit.

SULFUR 2010 REVIEW
Hydrocarbon Engineering provides a comprehensive overview of the key technologies available to plant/refinery operations.

HAZARDOUS OR HARMLESS?
Eike Drewes and Jost A. Anderhub, PROGNOST Systems GmbH, Germany, explain how the use of modern, specialised monitoring systems can have a positive effect for operators.

A STORY OF SUCCESS
Claudio Abreu, Quattor, Brazil, and Wendy Nelson and Bill Matthews, Univation Technologies LLC, chronicle the importance and successful selection of the technology platform for manufacturing polyethylene.

SELECTIVE AND STABLE FOR FRONT END ACETYLENE HYDROGENATION
C. Ringelhan, Süd-Chemie AG, Germany, and M. Urbancic, M. Sun and J. Boyer, Süd-Chemie Inc., USA, introduce a highly stable and selective catalyst for front end acetylene hydrogenation.

A VARIETY OF TESTS
Roger Poe, Michael Claxton and Charles Baukal, John Zink Company LLC, USA and David Brown, Shaw Energy & Chemicals Group, USA, give an overview of a new low emissions burner for ethylene furnaces.

THE RISE OF RADAR
Hans Westerlind, Emerson Process Management, Sweden, looks at recent trends in radar tank gauging.

READY FOR SERVICE
John Webster, Varec, Inc., USA, discusses recommendations for the inspection, assessment and servicing of mechanical float and tape tank gauges.

LONG DISTANCE OPERATOR TRAINING
Fadi Ghajar and Curtis Steuckrath, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia, and Yiannis Bessiris, Hyperion Systems Engineering, Modelling and Simulation Solutions, Cyprus, present a novel approach to operator training simulation.

A HOW-TO GUIDE TO HEAT TRACING
Neil Malone, Heat Trace Limited, UK, outlines how to optimise the design of a heat tracing system.


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