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April 2022

The April issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering begins with a look at the latest developments in Central and South America’s downstream oil and gas sector. The issue also covers topics including plastics recycling technology, alternative feedstocks, petrochemical manufacturing, separation technology, instrumentation, and our annual Sulfur Review.

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Navigating bumps in the road across Central and South America
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, explains why life in Central and South America’s downstream and petrochemical sectors is never dull.

Renewable carbon for chemicals
Andrew Reynolds, Audrey Tardy and Cedric Allemand, Technip Energies, present new perspectives and working models that have the capacity to lower the carbon footprint of chemical processing.

Working towards a circular economy
Ben Owens, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions, USA, outlines how plastics recycling technology could drive a circular plastics economy.

A full-cycle approach to alternative feedstocks
Ethylene producers are utilising recycled plastic feedstocks to reduce the use of fossil fuels. In this article, Daniel Dreyer, Kameswara Vyakaranam and Kuldeep Wadhwa, Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, discuss how new solutions are enabling the storage, transport and processing of alternative feedstocks across the full cycle of operations.

Unlocking Permian value
Goutam Biswas and Theo Maesen, Chevron Lummus Global, alongside Kandasamy M. Sundaram, Lummus Technology, look at how to unlock the value of Permian crude through its direct conversion into chemicals.

Residual focus
Vic Scalco, General Atomics, USA, details how efficient separation can help to increase profits during downturn.

Maximising the potential of an FCCU
Gary R. Martin, Sulzer Chemtech, USA, explains why dividing wall columns are key to helping refiners shift their operations to petrochemical/chemical manufacturing.

Resilient systems
Matt Thundyil, Dave Seeger and Carl Hahn, Transcend Solutions, USA, discuss how effective contamination control can help operators to maintain resilient operations in the face of the energy transition.

Taking control of catalytic reforming
Tai Piazza and Geoffrey Bowers, VEGA, USA, explain how non-intrusive radiometric instruments can improve level control in the continuous catalyst regeneration (CCR) and propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit.

Safe and sound
Carolina Stopkoski, FLEXIM AMERICAS Corp., USA, and Jörg Sacher, FLEXIM GmbH, Germany, discuss the advantages of non-intrusive ultrasonic flow measurement in high-temperature bottom of the barrel applications.

The rise of instrumentation
Neil Murch, Tracerco, UK, details the use of nucleonic instrumentation and technologies to deliver efficiency and performance gains in downstream refinery processes.

The evolution of process optimisation
Gregory Shahnovsky, Ariel Kigel and Gadi Briskman, Modcon Systems, discuss the use of novel technologies to advance process optimisation in hydrocarbon processing.

Sulfur review
Hydrocarbon Engineering presents a selection of sulfur technologies and services currently available to the downstream sector.

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