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April 2012

This is our Sulfur Review issue where we showcase the sulfur technologies available to you. We also focus on petrochemicals with articles from David Hayes, GTC and Thermo Fisher. Finally, we look at refinery additives with Albemarle and infineum.


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Contents

COMMENT

WORLD NEWS
Contract awards, project updates, industry latest, news digest, diary dates, mergers and acquisitions.

LOOSENING THE THAIS
David Hayes, Contributing Editor, explains how Thailand’s petrochemical industry is seeking new growth opportunities.

LIGHTEN UP!
Ilya Aranovich and Emanuel Reis, GTC Technology US, LLC, and Alexander Shakun, JSC SIE Neftekhim, Russia, explain how a low temperature, light naphtha isomerisation process benefitted the Omsk refinery, Russia.

A TRACING PAPER
Liliana Krotz and Guido Giazzi, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Italy, detail how characterisation of petrochemical compounds can be achieved using a CHNS/O analyser coupled with liquid autosampler and flame photometric detector.

ADDING TO SUBTRACT: PART ONE
Alan Kramer, Albemarle, USA, outlines the recent developments in sulfur oxide models. The first part of this two part article reviews the challenges of developing base emissions correlations, measuring SOx from the FCC unit, and the fundamental reaction equations and independent variables used for modelling SOx additive performance.

FEELING THE SQUEEZE
Duncan Clark, Infineum, UK, takes a long term view of capacity and cost pressures at refineries, whilst examining how fuel additives can help to improve refinery economics.

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

PLANNING FOR PRODUCTIVITY
Phil Burge, SKF, UK, looks at how testing and monitoring equipment can be used to sidestep installation and maintenance problems and maximise the productivity of hydrocarbon processing plants.

GOOD VIBRATIONS?
Oliver Franz and Alexander Harenkamp, PROGNOST Systems, Germany, question whether frame vibration offers effective machinery protection for reciprocating compressors.

THE TEST OF TIME
Shaun Skilton, Parker Hannifin, UK, demonstrates how old, inefficient methods of measuring contamination in hydraulic oils and hydrocarbon fuels have given way to convenient and considerably more accurate portable tools.

STAYING IN SHAPE
Amin Almasi, WorleyParsons, Australia, outlines how advanced condition monitoring methods can be used to operate rotating machines reliably and efficiently.

AIM FOR ACCURACY
Mike Shelton, GE Energy, UK, notes the importance of calibration and maintenance of process instrumentation throughout the oil and gas sector.

TIP TOP TOWERS
Mike Watson, Tube Tech International, UK, reviews the limitations of traditional cleaning techniques and provides an assessment of new innovative Texas Tower cleaning methods.

15 FACTS ON...
15 nuggets of information on the history, science and contemporary usage of petrochemicals.


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