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August 2011

In this issue you will find our first Compressor Review, which highlights compressor and turbomachinery technology available to the downstream industry. This issue also looks at Latin America with a regional report from Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, a case study from Foster Wheeler and ’15 facts on’. We also look at sulfur and plant maintenance.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

VITAL SIGNS: LATIN AMERICAN ENERGY
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, provides an overview of the Latin American energy markets.

CASE STUDIES: COLOMBIA
William Paredes, Foster Wheeler, Colombia, offers an overview of two important projects expected to develop and modernise Colombia’s downstream industry.

YIELD OF DREAMS
Brian Watkins and Charles Olsen, Advanced Refining Technologies, USA, and David Hunt, Grace Davison Refining Technologies, USA, discuss how to balance the need for low sulfur FCC products and increased FCC LCO yields by applying advanced technology for cat feed hydrotreating.

SOUR TO POWER
Helge Hersbøll and Frands Jensen, Haldor Topsøe, Denmark, describe methods which help to turn waste sulfur into a functional and economical commodity.

SLIMMING DOWN SLUFUR: PART 1
Alan Kramer, Albemarle, USA, explores the rare earth free solutions to FCC sulfur problems. The first installment of this three part article focuses on the sulfur balance around the FCC unit.

BRIDGING THE GAP
Michael Cords, Ebara International Corporation, USA, reports on how to bridge the gap between single phase and two phase cryogenic liquid expanders.

COMPRESSOR REVIEW
Hydrocarbon Engineering presents an overview of the most advanced turbomachinery and compressor technologies currently available to the downstream hydrocarbon processing industry.

THE FRUITS OF FIBRE
Phil Armstrong, Unifrax Corporation, UK, considers the development and application of biosoluble thermal insulation fibre.

SPEAKING SYNERGY
Bob Harrell, Track Software, USA, demonstrates how the optimisation of plant maintenance begins with contractor/owner collaboration.

A NEW ERA
Paul Halpin, AVEVA, UK, introduces laser driven maintenance, a new era in plant operations.

AVOID TEMPER EMBRITTLEMENT STEP BY STEP
Ingo Detemple and Rainer Kraut, Dillinger Hüttenwerke, Germany, discuss demands for low alloy CrMo(V) steel plates in petrochemical reactors.

15 FACTS ON... LATIN AMERICA
15 nuggets of information on the Latin American oil and gas industry and its constituent sectors.


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